Zwolle Municipality

Gemeente Zwolle (ZWOL)

CATCH | Zwolle Municipality


Why is Zwolle participating in CATCH?

The city of Zwolle is situated in a delta and its city centre is situated outside the dikes. This makes the city vulnerable for climate change and experienced in the fight against flooding.

Zwolle will develop a climate adaptation strategy on city level the coming years. The challenge is to develop a strategy that integrates measures at all levels (from rivers to rain barrels). The strategy will be based on a benchmark of the area Spoorzone and a city dialogue to determine what a water sensitive city will mean for Zwolle. Experiences of the partners and the tools in CATCH will play an import role in this development.

What is your main role in the project?

The focus of the city of Zwolle within CATCH will be on community building as an important step to formulate a long term climate adaptation strategy. This perspective is highly relevant in all (midsize) cities and is part of all pilots in the CATCH project. The innovative measures that Zwolle will test within CATCH will be a valuable contribution to the CATCH dashboard and will be an inspiring example for the other partners in the project.

What experience do you have with regards to climate adaptation?

The city is very active in developing new concepts like 3D water management, set up a Water Agenda and set up a network of 42 Dutch partners to work on climate adaptation strategies under the title ‘Climate Active City’.

What is the organisation’s experience in participating EU co-financed projects or other international projects?

On the subject of (ground) water issues, the city of Zwolle participated in the INTERREG 4B NWE project WAVE and JPI Urban Europe project “Green Blue Cities”. Furthermore the city gained international experience with a cooperation project on water governance with South Africa and ground water management with Canada.