Arcadis helps Polish cities prepare for Climate Change

Arcadis, the leading global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets, announced today that it will help 44 Polish cities adapt to climate change.

Arcadis won the deal as part of a consortium which includes leading Polish governmental organizations such as the National Research Institute of Environmental Protection, the National Research Institute of Meteorology and Water Management, and the Institute of Ecology in Industrialized Areas. The contract for development of plans for adaptation to climate change for cities with more than 100 thousand inhabitants has been granted by the Polish Ministry of Environment.

The objectives of the project are to identify and analyze challenges related to adaptation to climate change in cities; to plan required actions on the local level along with indicating sources of funding and to raise awareness of the need for adaptation.

The project will cover 44 cities in Poland with more than 100,000 inhabitants. Each city will be the subject of an individual assessment to determine its resilience, thus creating a basis for planning adaptation measures to be implemented in that city. The project completion is scheduled for two years after the signing of the contract, and its value amounts to €5.8million.

The 44 cities covered by the project are inhabited by 30% of the Polish population, and generate 50% of GDP. Therefore it is crucial for the country’s economy to protect them against negative effects of climate change, such as torrential rains, flooding, heat waves, droughts, hurricanes, landslides or landfalls.

Anna Rusek, Director of the Environment and Water Divisions at Arcadis in Poland, commented: ‘The Plans for Adaptation to Climate Change in Urban Areas are the largest effort of adaptation to climate change in Europe to date. We are proud to have been selected for such a crucial project. We are convinced that the seamless collaboration of Arcadis with its consortium partners will enable us to develop solutions which will contribute to improved resilience of urban areas and to the better protection of their inhabitants from negative consequences of climate change.’

’Cities are particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. The Plans for Adaptation to Climate Change in Urban Areas aim at make cities more resilient and at adapting them to the changing environment,’ said Paweł Sałek, Deputy Minister of Environment and the Government’s Climate Policy Representative.