Local Government Profile
Gothenburg - Sweden
Lena Malm, Lord Mayor
The Making Cities Resilient campaign has given Gothenburg city the opportunity to plan and participate in an exchange with New Orleans, Louisiana. I participated in the exchange with city personnel and researchers, to understand how the city was built back after hurricane Katrina. It was also a pleasure for us to welcome the team from New Orleans to Gothenburg to see our DRR work.
Website of the city : www.goteborg.se
Size : 722 km2 sq km
Population : 2012 - 550,000
Part Of : Gothenburg and Bohus
Hazards : Cold Wave, Epidemic & Pandemic, Flood, Heat Wave, Land Slide, Storm Surge, Technical Disaster
ROLE MODEL CITY
Flood and environmental management, climate change adaptation and open data
HAZARD AND VULNERABILITY PROFILE
As a growing city, Gothenburg (“Göteborg”) faces major challenges to find solutions for adapting to a rising sea level, more frequent floods. In addition consideration must be taken to slope stability. However, the threats have increased awareness of the risks that the city faces. Significant progress has been made in climate adaptation research and implementation of mitigating measures.
DISASTER AND RISK REDUCTION ACTIVITIES
Risk and vulnerability assessment, climate change adaptations, sustainable development Mistra Urban Future, city planning taking risks and climate change into consideration, landslide risk mapping and inventory, flood risk maps, prevention and mitigaton of risk. For long-term resilience to disasters including climate change adaptation, there should be an organization of people that plan a development project, build it and assure that it stays resilient over time. To ensure these long term development goals, Gothenburg city finances studies about natural hazards and publishes the results on their website and invest in city-to-city learning. Dr. Brant Mitchell, SDMI’s Director of Research and Operations, said, “The New Orleans-Gothenburg City-to-City exchange proved to be a tremendously valuable experience for all parties involved. The City of Gothenburg has some of the most advanced city planning that I have had an opportunity to observe. As a coastal port city, they are very concerned about the predicted rate of sea level rise and are incorporating planning measures now to ensure their city is prepared. To help prepare for the anticipated impacts they have develop advanced models and also utilize advanced visualizing techniques to communicate anticipated changes to the public. Spending a week in Gothenburg was very helpful in seeing how the communicate risk and I hope to include some of their techniques on research SDMI is currently conducting to benefit the Port of New Orleans and coastal cities along the Gulf of Mexico.