Evolving Regions overview

The LIFE Roll-outClimAdapt (LIRCA) project is funded by the EU environment programme LIFE and co-financed by MULNV NRW.

Taking precautions – we do this for our health and our finances. And for our environment? It has to endure more and more extremes. Hot and dry summers, heavy rain, cyclones, floods. Non-urban spaces in particular face complex and ever-changing challenges. How can regions and communities adapt to climate change? The answer: climate adaptation.

The district of Coesfeld, like the entire Münsterland region, has recorded an increasing number of extreme weather events in recent years, such as storms, periods of drought and more hot days. This results in manifold consequences for infrastructures, buildings, production facilities, natural areas and health, which must be counteracted.
The effects of climate change affect Lippe in many areas of daily life, industry, agriculture and forestry, but also in health and biodiversity. We therefore want to develop sustainable solutions together with our partners.
Increasingly frequent winter floods of the Weser are the consequences of climate change in the Minden-Lübbecke district. Flooding as a result of heavy rainfall events is on the increase, which also leads to slope slides in the Wiehengebirge mountains. Periods of drought pose major challenges for the important agriculture in the district.
As the most densely wooded district in Germany, Siegen-Wittgenstein is particularly affected by the effects of drought, including the strong spread of the bark beetle. At the same time, heavy rainfall events are also known to occur in the region. They pose a particular threat to the low mountain valleys densely populated with residential and industrial areas.
In recent years, Soest has been affected by storms and heavy rainfall several times. At the same time, the water level of the Möhnesee drinking water reservoir has fallen sharply in the last two summers.  The increase in local heavy rainfall events and hot days is a major challenge.
The flooding of the Ems and urban flash floods are increasingly posing major challenges for the district of Steinfurt and its 24 municipalities. At the same time, the increasing heat and drought in the agricultural region are causing concern and have an impact on the future quality of life of the population.
The district of Wesel is affected by an increasing number of severe extreme weather events, such as precipitation, heavy rainfall and thunderstorms. Streets and cellars are flooded. Classic flood protection reaches its limits during such extreme weather events.
West-Overijssel has a long history of fighting against flooding. For the flooded area of the Ijssel, the Ijssel-Vecht Delta project already includes many measures. Now new challenges are emerging: Soil subsidence of peat meadows, water on the surface during heavy rainfall and drought damage in nature reserves.

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Projektleiter Evolving Regions und Wissenschaftler an der SFS