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Highlighting brilliant case studies within the Urban Context: Dynaklim

Presenting our new series: Highlighting brilliant case studies within the Urban Context. Our Cities and Regions network has scoured Europe to bring together the best examples of innovation happening within the urban context. The series includes 14 examples from around Europe. 


Dynaklim - Dynamic adaptation of regional planning and development processes to the consequences of climate change in the Emscher-Lippe region

Dynaklim (Dynamic adaptation of regional planning and development processes to the consequences of climate change in the Emscher-Lippe region) was a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) running from 2009-2014. It aimed at enhancing the knowledge about the effects on climate change for the geographic region of Emscher-Lippe (located in the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia) and setting up an inclusive strategy for dealing with them. The project was rather complex, as it tackled many (also technical) aspects related to water management, including the development of future climate scenarios, used different activities to increase outreach and tangibility of such an abstract topic, including the creation and implementation of pilot projects, whereby the single activities and tasks were interdependent.

The core idea of Dynaklim was initially to develop a climate change adaptation strategy for the project region. During the course of the project, the Roadmap process gained more importance, as it was used to develop a common strategy for the region using a participatory format involving actors from different institutional and disciplinary backgrounds. Therefore, the core idea was still the same, but realized in a broader sense.

This increasing importance manifested itself at two stages of the project. First, when writing the project proposal and secondly, when it became the steering mechanism coordinating the consortium during the second half of the project.

Later on, the elaboration of a Roadmap 2020 became the central objective of the Dynaklim network. This required a coordinated and cross-sectoral adaptation strategy to be provided by the year 2014. This roadmap fleshed out important fields of action such as water resource management, economic development, or urban and regional planning, as well as detailing what adaptation measures were to be provided by what actors from politics, the economy, education or society, and when as well as what resources were required to achieve this. Dynaklim initiated and moderated this regional strategic process, mobilized the relevant local players and made established know-how available. At the same time, the results and experiences gained from the project work and pilot areas were continually absorbed into the roadmap effort.

The full report is available on the right hand side of this page.