Case studies

The examples below aim to provide inspiration and to share experiences of different types of climate change adaptation work in Sweden.

Trees in an urban environment

Odengatan efter

Stockholm has been working with a system for tree planting for many years. The city has developed a fundamental plan that forms the basis of how trees are planted on streets. In this, every tree is given a new growing bed in order to obtain the optimal growing conditions in an urban environment.

A joint water project by two municipalities

Vattenledning i Bromölla

In Skåne, Bromölla Municipality is conducting a joint water supply project with its neighbouring municipality in Blekinge, Olofström. The aim is to secure access to reserve water from Olofström in the event of water shortages, for example when there are longer dry periods in the future. At the same …

Cooler microclimate with green tracks

Spårvagnsspår längs Norra Promenaden i Norrköping

Several cities are working actively to increase the number of green structures and reduce the proportion of impervious surfaces in the urban environment. Cities with trams, have the opportunity to lay grass around the tram tracks. This is done to create more green surfaces in the urban environment …

Drinking water fountain in Trollhättan


In a warmer climate, it is important that people and animals have access to cooling and fluids in order to prevent any adverse impact on health. At the square Drottningtorget in Trollhättan, Trollhättan Energi installed a drinking water fountain in July 2014 where members of the public and their …

Cloudburst road in Karlstad

Gång- och cykelväg som avleder vatten till Klarälven

When a street in Karlstad was to be renewed, the municipality took the opportunity to make climate adaptations to part of the street in order to deal with flooding by making it into what is known as a cloudburst road. The V-shaped cloudburst road leads water away in the event of torrential rain in …

Municipal collaboration on water problems

Våtmark vid Esarp

Three municipalities in Skåne have undertaken one of Sweden's first water and landscape protection projects in order to counteract over-fertilisation, promote biodiversity and recreation and decrease the risk of flooding. The municipalities have worked together on their solutions relating to a …

Heat stress in cowsheds


Heat waves are not just dangerous for humans, but also for our animals. Cattle, pigs and poultry are all affected by high temperatures. In order to cope with extreme weather in the future, animal sheds that can resist both heat and extreme precipitation are required. At Hanåsa Farm, investments in …

Reindeer herding adapts to climate change for Vilhemina Northern Herding Cooperative

Höstsamling av renar

Reindeer herding is already being affected by climate change. The formation of ice in the early part of the winter and reduced levels of frozen snow crust in early spring are amongst the changes that have caused problems for reindeer herding in recent years. Vilhemina Northern Herding Cooperative …

Häradsmarken’s climate change adaptation for forests

Skogsförvaltning Häradsmarken

A large part of the surface of Sweden is covered by forest. While climate change will probably mean a higher average growth rate for forests, it will also bring an increased risk of damage. The Häradsmarken AB forest management company is undertaking various pieces of work to spread the risks of …

The flooding of Klossköping – an educational illustration


How can we make it fun for younger children to learn about dangers in our society? Klossköping is a model town made from Lego which aims to teach children aged 6-10 about flood risks and town planning by letting the children take on the role of town planners themselves. By pouring water over …

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