Now municipalities can see in writing, when climate adaptation is good business and not. This is possible with the Danish Nature Agency’s new climate adaptation tool, called PLASK (Splash), developed in cooperation with COWI. PLASK stands for Project on Local Analysis of the Social-Economics of Climate Adaptation. It is a major task to prepare the country for more rain and cloudbursts. Citizens must have the best possible safety for their money and therefore the municipalities now have a helping hand to prioritise where and how to intervene, says Minister for the Environment and Food of Denmark, Eva Kjer Hansen. The tool works by the municipality or waste treatment company entering information about previous damages after a cloudburst, as well as information on the full range of options to prevent damage by flooding. The tool consequently calculates what the different solutions would cost in the short and long term – allowing the municipality to choose the solution that pays off the best. The tool also recognises side benefits such as the value of nature and storage of CO2.
Although the Dutch research programmes on climate change and adaptation had been concluded for several years ago, there is still a great interest for their research output, such as publications on water safety and fresh water. The Climate changes Spatial Planning Programme (ran from 2004-2011: http://www.climatechangesspatialplanning.nl) and the Knowledge for Climate Programme (2007-2014: www.knowledgeforclimate.org) still enjoy a great interest from policy makers, decision makers, researchers and people from business and innovation companies. In January 2016, on a weekly basis thousands of publications were being downloaded and webpages visited. Besides, the online community has been growing continuously since the final symposium of the Knowledge for Climate Programme took place in 2014: the twitter account ClimateNL has now got 3500 followers and the Linkedin Group more than 900 members (70% as target group). Most downloaded publications and webpages are on water safety and deltas, fresh water measurements and dealing with urban activities; which are also main challenges of climate adaptation in the Netherlands. These research findings are available in English. Have a look in the list of publications and for twitter have a look here.