Anpassung der Siedlungs- und Infrastrukturen an den Klimawandel


The demands of spatial environmental planning and strategies for the advancement of planning practice


Commissioned by the Umweltbundesamt (Federal Environmental Agency), the ISB spent 34 months developing a practical handbook for planners at the regional and local level. The handbook shows practical options in cities and regions for the adaption to climate change. The project was led by BKR Aachen (Bureau for Communal and Regional Planning). The Dresden Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development was involved as well, particularly to deal with legal questions regarding the project.

Aims of the project:

To begin with, the status quo of the usual practice of urban and regional adaption strategies was assessed by means of literature analysis and a collection of case examples of formal and informal plans. On the basis of this information, criteria were developed for the description of the relevance of planning contents, procedures, and tools for the adaption to the consequences of climate change. These criteria were then used as part of a SWOT analysis to determine the effectiveness of the case studies in order to allow for a systematic depiction of suitable ways to improve climate adaption especially regarding regional development, sectoral planning, and environmental review. The result of this project is a practical handbook that will supplement the finished, soon-to-be-published handbook on climate protection. The ISB was involved in all steps of the process. The content is particularly focused on the regional level and on adapting infrastructures.

Project information:


BKR Aachen Castro & Hinzen


1 March 2012 – 31 October 2014

Project partner:

Dresden Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development

Contacts at the ISB:

Dr.-Ing. Andreas Witte, Dipl.-Ing. Christoph Riegel