Land use rules getting hindering climate adaptation efforts in Swedish municipalities

Niklas Hasselwander from Hallsberg municipality says this dam, set up in a wheat field, is a good example of an effective adaptation. (Sara Nuder/Sveriges Radio)
  • In many municipalities work is continuing with climate change adaptation, aimed at ensuring they can handle extreme weather events like heavy rain downpours better.
  • But municipalities are not allowed to put climate adaptation measures in place on another municipality or landowners land, and that’s creating problems.
  • Therése Sjöberg an investigator in climate adaptation at the Swedish Weather Agency, says this becomes an issue when a measure is needed in an area that stretches over several municipal boundaries or includes land owned by someone else.
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