Adaptation in various sectors

Adaptation to climate change is needed, in particular, for ensuring the functioning of the basic infrastructure in various weather conditions by managing storm water and paying attention to areas potentially sensitive to flooding, as well as in land use planning.

Flood, Helsinki, Finland
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Managing flood risks

In Finland, the management of flood risks has traditionally focused on the regulation of water bodies and on other methods of flood prevention, such as the clearing of channels and the embankment of shores. However, it is also possible to prevent flood damage considerably by sensible land use planning and by directing construction in areas outside flooded areas. A total of 21 significant flood risk areas have been designated in Finland. Of these areas, 18 are located in inland areas around water bodies, and three in coastal areas. In addition, other flood risk areas have been identified.

Published 2013-12-12 at 17:40, updated 2016-06-29 at 11:01