BESTKLIMA – Developing, testing and evaluating a management system for the implementation and quality assurance of climate adaptation concepts – a case study of the Regional Climate Adaptation Strategy in the Bergisches Städtedreieck



As a result of climate change, climate adaptation measures are being promoted as well as climate mitigation measures. Climate adaptation strategies are meant to help identify and evaluate the current threats of climate change, to recognise potential need for action and to develop practical measures. The cities of the tri-city area in the Bergisches Land (Bergisches Städtedreieck) have also decided to meet the challenge of climate adaptation and want to prepare for slow climate changes and increasing extreme weather events such as heat waves, heavy rain, and storms. Extreme weather events have occurred in the tri-city area before, which is why the need for proactive measures was recognised. Therefore, the three municipalities Wuppertal, Solingen, and Remscheid have resolved to become active in future developments and to implement climate adaptation measures.

Project BESTKLIMA is based on the previously created climate adaptation concept for the cities of Solingen and Remscheid, for which 36 measures for the region were developed. The existence of an adaptation strategy alone, however, does not guarantee that the strategy’s measures will be permanently used in everyday administrative action. In the course of project BESTKLIMA, we will therefore develop suggestions regarding how to integrate different adaptation measures into administrative action, thus making a valuable contribution to the actual implementation of the adaptation strategy of the tri-city area.


Aims of the project:

The overall objective of the project is to implement the climate adaptation concept “Climate change adaptation for the cities of Solingen and Remscheid” from October 2014 to 2017 in cooperation with the regional actors (i.e. with the cities of Remscheid, Solingen, and Wuppertal, the Bergische Struktur- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft (BSW) and further actors and institutions), thus developing a transferable quality management and evaluation system. This system is also meant to monitor the urban and regional adaptation progress through a standardised reporting system and continuous evaluation. The Institute of Urban and Transport Planning at RWTH Aachen University is developing and implementing a method for this purpose.

The overall research goal is to test how extensive (i.e. in terms of the topics covered, the people involved, and the kind of measures intended for implementation), complex adaptation projects can be organised and managed at an urban-regional scale. This project is therefore about testing a climate change governance approach in an urban-regional context, about documenting the procedure, and about developing recommendations for other municipalities or local networks for their implementation of adaptation measures.


Project contents and structure:

The ISB is responsible for the development of competency networks in which the relevant people from the three city administrations are brought together for each topic. In addition, we need to determine the motivations and room for action in order to implement specific measures and projects. Accompanied by continuous PR work and once the data in two sub-topics (“Settlement climate” and “Flow paths and basins”) has been matched, selected measures from the climate adaptation concept will be implemented. Finally, the relevant parameters required for a successful implementation of adaptation processes in urban and urban-regional networks will be described and provided transregionally as a report of the results or as a guideline.

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BESTKLIMA is funded as part of the programme for measures for the adaptation to climate change (Maßnahmen zur Anpassung an den Klimawandel, Bereich 3: Aufbau kommunaler Leuchtturmvorhaben sowie interkommunaler oder regionaler Verbünde zur Anpassung an die Folgen des Klimawandels) by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).


Project partners:

The cities of Solingen, Remscheid, and Wuppertal

Bergische Struktur- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH


Project duration:

October 2014 – September 2017


Contacts at the ISB:

Dr.-Ing. Andreas Witte ()

Kathrin Prenger-Berninghoff ()

Alice Neht ()