Case studies

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

Drinking water fountain in Trollhättan

HealthHeat waves

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

ErosionFloodingSnowStorm waterTourismUrban planning
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 …

Renewal of the water pipeline network and increased charges in Kalmar

ForestryHealthHeat wavesTourismUrban planning
Rörläggningsarbete i Kalmar

The Kalmar region already has problems with water shortages during the summer; a situation that may become worse in a future climate scenario. In order to secure the water supply, the local water company Kalmar Vatten increased the rate of renewal of the pipeline network, which has led to …

Brackish waterworks for drinking water on Gotland

TourismUrban planning
Bräckvattenverk vid hamnen i Herrvik på Gotland

As part of the strategy for dealing with the increasing problems with the supply of drinking water, a desalination plant for brackish water has been constructed at Herrvik in eastern Gotland. This facility started operating in summer 2016 and produces 20 cubic metres of drinking water per hour.

Collaboration between neighbours with respect to groundwater on Gotland

AgricultureTourismUrban planning
Flygfoto över Gammelgarn, Gotland

Problems with water supply over the course of several summers led to six landowners on Gotland collaborating on a water project.  Excavation of ditches and wetlands has improved the collection of water and delayed its outflow into the Baltic Sea.

Municipal collaboration on water problems

BiodiversityErosionFloodingMouldNatural environmentTourismUrban planning
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

AgricultureAnimal husbandryForestryHealthHeat waves

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

Animal husbandryCultural heritageEcosystem servicesMouldNatural environmentReindeer husbandrySnow
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

BuildingsErosionFloodingForestryHealthTourismUrban planning

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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