German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change: Parcipitative development and implementation
of climate adaptation measures in the Brunnenviertel in Berlin-Wedding as an innovative strategy
in urban development
- © Stadträumliches Lernen 2009, revised by S.T.E.R.N. 2012
In the context of global climate change, extreme weather events such as intense rainfall or
long-lasting heat waves are very likely to increase in their occurrence. This affects especially
the urban population in densely built-up neighbourhoods. For municipalities, companies and households
this results in increased costs, including dealing with damages, increased sickness absence and
rising insurance costs. To mitigate these effects, comprehensive climate adaptation measures are
The project "KiezKlima" (engl.: "Neighbourhood climate") takes the neighbourhood
level into the focus. The aim is to use the existing participatory structures in the pilot area
"Brunnenviertel-Brunnenstrasse" (Berlin-Wedding) for climate adaptation measures and to
implement a selection of measures. The project builds on the existing processes and strategies of
the neighbourhood management (Quartiersmanagement - QM), which was implemented in 2005 in the pilot
area. Measures to adapt to climate change will be developed, discussed, planned and implemented with
the local residents. Based on a comprehensive evaluation of the processes and results of the project,
a guideline with recommendations, transferable to other urban districts in Germany, will be created.
The main objectives of the project are: What kind of participation is needed for the implementation
of climate adaptation measures at the neighbourhood level? What form of participation involves the
different stakeholders? Which specific adaptation measures are suitable for the pilot area, based
on the local climate conditions? What findings are transferable to other neighbourhoods?
The three-year project (period: October 2014 - September 2017) is funded by the Federal Ministry
for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (
within the framework "German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change" and is accompanied
by the project management "Jülich Research Centre" (
The project is carried out by the Chair of Climatology at TU Berlin,
CQ Beratung+Bildung GmbH
and the subcontractors
It is supported by the external partners
Mitte Borough Office
Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment
of Berlin. Thus, "KiezKlima" combines the know-how and expertise of different stakeholders
from research, consultancy, administration and district work.
The Chair of Climatology at the TU Berlin examines the climatic conditions of the pilot area,
using existing data as well as new measurements and numerical atmospheric modelling techniques.
In particular, the different spatial structures, which can be found in the area, will be considered.
The seasonal climate conditions as well as the variations due to climate extremes with regard
to the living conditions in the pilot area are investigated. Appropriate measures to improve
the local climatic conditions will further be identified and evaluated in terms of their effectiveness.
Further information are available here:
The project flyer can be downloaded