Within the scope of the project “Dialogue Climate Adaptation: Berlin – Budapest”, the administration of the IXth District in Budapest was actively advised on the preparation of an exemplary and practice-oriented climate adaptation concept during the last two years. For this purpose, EPC cooperated with TU Berlin as well as the Hungarian partners Energiaklub and Organic Communications Kft. in the project funded by the Advisory Assistance Program (AAP) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment. The project started on 05.12.2018 and ended on 30.04.2021.

The adaptation concept for the IXth district was already completed at the end of 2020. In mid-February 2021, a practical guide was presented to the public in Hungary as part of the digital final event. This implementation-oriented guide aims to provide technical and conceptual support to other Hungarian city and district administrations in the development of their own climate adaptation concepts.

During the final event on February 17, 2021, the project and its results were presented to numerous representatives from municipalities and other private and public institutions as well as interested citizens. During the event, Reiner Roland, deputy mayor of the district, and Balázs Szűcs, the city’s chief architect, also commented on their positive experiences with the project and its possible influence on future planning in Budapest. For example, the climate adaptation concept will have a direct influence on the re-planning of Bakáts Square in the IX Municipality in Budapest. “The disclosure and announcement of the plans for renovation to the public was very good, as the citizens voted for more green quiet zones on the square, instead of more space for large events,” reported Reiner Roland. Therefore, a larger green area will now be created during the renovation, which will begin in spring 2021.

The presentation of the action guide for the Hungarian city and district administrations was an essential part of the final event. The guide clearly explains the process of developing a climate adaptation concept and provides concrete tips and advice. For a better understanding of the contents of the individual chapters, examples from the project are also presented. The guide is available in Hungarian on the website of the project partner Energiaklub. Click here to download the Hungarian version, click here to download the English version.

This project has been funded by the German Federal Environment Ministry’s Advisory Assistance Programme (AAP) of environmental protection in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia and other countries neighbouring the European Union. It has been supervised by the German Environment Agency. The responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the authors.