Deltares works on the development of the Dubai Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Published: 9 November 2017

Recently, Acclimatise, 5Oceans and Deltares received the assignment to support the Emirate of Dubai in the creation of a climate adaptation strategy.

Dubai got interested in the Deltares approach to climate adaptation among others through the city of Rotterdam. Both cities are member of the global C40 Cities Network .

In a world where the risk of climate change is becoming more compelling, it is in Dubai’s interests to identify appropriate strategies to adapt to climate change, to ensure the Emirate continues to thrive in the future. A climate adaptation strategy therefore forms part of the foundation for Dubai’s high standard in economic, social and environmental targets and aspirations.

The primary aim of the adaptation strategy is to prevent negative impacts on sectors by presenting a guideline and actions that diminish risks of climate change. Another important objective is to identify actions, with high feasibility, broad support and in synergy with the ambitions and goals of sectors (e.g. energy, water, infrastructure, industry, food, real estate, tourism and nature conservation).

This challenging project is coordinated by the Environment Department of Dubai Municipality. Early spring 2018 the results of the guidelines and actions will be presented to the client.

With the project Dubai contributes to SDG 13 that aims to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”. However climate change is a crossover issue that is strongly linked with the broader sustainability agenda, including clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), access to clean energy (SDG 7), sustainable economic growth (SDG 8), increased resource efficiency (SDG 9), sustainable consumption and production (SDG 12), and healthy ecosystems (SDGs 14 and 15).