Many cities face water, storm and waste disposal challenges, including in relation to too much or too little
water, and lack of infratstructure and/or other means for safe storm water and waste disposal, which will be
exacerbated by climate change. The neighbourhood of Augustenborg in Malmö, Sweden, frequently
suffered from floods caused by overflowing drainage systems. Augustenborg
was regenerated between 1998 and 2002 to build resilience towards addressing
socioeconomic issues, flood risk management, waste management and
biodiversity improvement. Sustainable urban drainage systems, including
ditches, retention ponds, green roofs and green spaces were
implemented collaboratively by the city council and a social
housing company, with participation of local residents. The area is now more climate resilient -
rainwater runoff rates have decreased by half, even withstanding heavy rainfall events, and the increase in
green space has improved the image of the area. (City of Malmö, 2012).
Photo: City of Malmö
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