Climate adaptation funding cut in budget in Sweden

A man climbs out of a car after trying to drive around a flooded roundabout in Arlöv on the closed flooded Västkustvägen E6 highway outside Malmo, Sweden on August 7, 2023. Storm Hans has caused problems in southern Sweden and several roads are closed due to floods and fallen trees. Several cars got stuck in the water on Västkustvägen highway, which had to be closed. (Johan Nilsson/TT/TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Financing for climate adaptation to protect society from the worst effects of extreme weather has been reduced by a third in the budget for 2024.
  • Funding has been cut from SEK 137 million to 90 million kronor.
  • The Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), that has an overseeing role in helping the regions and municipalities protect society from the effects of extreme weather, told newspaper Dagens Nyheter that the news came as ‘a surprise’.
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