Sweden: Gothenburg foresees impact of climate change: Plans to build a barrier by 2070 to prevent flooding

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One of the impacts of climate change is a rise in water levels. If there is a rise in water levels in the sea, it can affect Gothenburg because the water from the North Sea can flow into the city through the river Göta. In order to prevent the impacts of a rise in the water levels of the river, such as flooding, the city has planned measures to curtail risks.

Henrik Kant, stadsbyggnadsdirektör (City’s Planning Director), spoke at a seminar as part of the Gothenburg International Film Festival 2019 on “how Gothenburg will be saved from the climate threat.” He shared the city’s plans to confront the threat of a rise in water levels, especially in the river, and also due to rains if there are more (Gothenburg has 152 days of rain in a year). He said one way to prevent the city from flooding is to build a protection wall like the barrier on the Thames in London.

Gothenburg has an ongoing plan to build housing for 150,000 new people by 2035. Many of these buildings are planned in areas near the river, such as in Frihamnen.

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