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2. Copenhagen, Denmark

The city of Copenhagen is a winner of the C40 Awards 2016 in the Adaptation in Action category. Copenhagen is threatened by sea level rise and heavy downpours. The Cloudburst Management Plan is an integrated system of green streets and pocket parks that will function as water retention areas and water basins. Thus it will not only deal with the risk of flooding—it is also an opportunity to create green growth, to increase the number of recreational areas across the city, and to improve the quality of life and increase health.

In the suburb of Tåsinge Plads drains can be seen where water is guided through into underground basins. Jens Dige / AP Images for C40

Drains have been constructed in the Gammel Strand suburb to send rain water into the nearby canal. Jens Dige / AP Images for C40

Drains are being built in the Gammel Strand suburb to send rain water into the nearby canal.Jens Dige / AP Images for C40

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