ExTrass Plus – urban resilience against extreme weather events

Zwei Kinder auf einer Wasserfläche

In Germany it is especially large cities, which have begun to develop strategies and plans for the adaptation to the consequences of climate change, disaster prevention and climate protection. Small and medium-sized cities often lack the necessary resources in this regard. Still, some promising examples of climate adaptation can be found here. However, activities relating to climate adaptation, risk communication and climate protection in these smaller-scale cities have never been documented and analysed thus far.

It is with that in mind that the previous definition phase of the project, in close cooperation between research and practice, was carried out with an aim of increasing the resilience of small and medium-sized cities towards extreme weather events. These results were then subsequently incorporated into the conception of the main funding phase, which will now further investigate how widespread and detailed climate adaptation strategies and plans are in these kinds of contexts. Which inhibiting and favouring factors influence these and how do they do so? To what extent can good practice examples be identified, refined and transferred to other cities?

In this context adelphi is carrying out a systematic evaluation of the existing urban land-use planning. Focussing especially on the context of three case study cities, hitherto used, but also further possible entry points of climate adaptation are compared and planning strategies/tools for the integration of climate adaptation in urban land-use planning, evaluated and further developed. In addition, the transfer potential of the analysed solutions is assessed and integrated into a transfer strategy for practice partners.