Climate change impacts are global and therefore the water retention measures should be applied worldwide in order to store water for further uses. At the end of the year 2020 PA4 facilitated the study on water retention in urban areas in the Danube Region.
Water retention leaflet is a smooth continuation to the study and is focused on best practice examples of water retention in the Danube countries. Storing rainwater locally in cities makes them safer of torrential rainfalls and floods, and more resistant to water stress caused by droughts and heat waves. Water retention in urban areas is a comprehensive benefit, and necessity in the modern world to cope with climate change impacts. The best solution from the main points of view – social, economic and environmental are natural water retention measures (NWRM). The diversity of such measures are implemented by various sectors or considered in different planning processes dealing with water management, food risk management, biodiversity protection, climate change adaptation, urban planning, etc.
The leaflet offers the best practice examples from 8 countries: Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Romania that could serve as inspiration.