KLIKOVAND is a unique cooperation between municipalities, utility services and the Capital Region of Denmark. The organization’s name, KLIKOVAND, is a contraction of the Danish words for Climate, Municipalities, and Water.

The overall purpose of the organization is to support efficient and sustainable climate adaptation solutions in the region. Climate adaptation is not only a challenge, but should also be seen as an opportunity to develop new solutions, to create more green and liveable cities, and to improve our environment. While working across institutional and professional borders, we find new ways of engaging citizens, and we support innovation in networks.

KLIKOVAND was founded in 2012. As of 2016, KLIKOVAND is a cooperation between 22 municipalities and 13 utility services, covering about 90 % of the Capital Region of Denmark with its population of 1.8 million.

The challenge

In Denmark, climate changes cause increased rainfall, especially frequent heavy rainfalls during summer months. In combination with higher sea levels and more frequent storms, it poses a major challenge to municipalities and water utility services in their struggle to protect citizens, infrastructure and the environment from the adverse effects of flooding from storm water and wastewater.

Compared to the rest of the country, the Capital Region is in general more vulnerable with its dense population and extensive infrastructure. A cloudburst in Copenhagen in July 2011 caused immense flooding of cellars and infrastructure, followed by insurance payments of DKK 6 billion in total (€ 800 mill.), which emphasized the need for action.

Our solution

The basic idea of KLIKOVAND is to share knowledge and experience across municipal borders, enabling organizations to learn from one another, letting ideas and innovation spread across the entire region – and preventing members from inventing the same solution over and over again. Our main activities are carried out by four part-project managers, the leader of the secretariat and a Task Force, established in 2016 – all in cooperation with the participants.

Our website is the place where we share tools and knowledge and announce news and arrangements.

Four tracks

Four tracks of knowledge needs were identified by municipalities and utility services in the start-up of KLIKOVAND, and they are still supported by four part-project managers, being responsible for each one of the tracks:

1. Legal basis

We investigate the legal issues connected to climate adaptation. This embraces corporation between municipalities and wastewater utilities and the inclusion of private owners in climate adaption solutions.

2. Communication & knowledge sharing

We focus on collecting, exchanging and using knowledge. Moreover, we place special emphasis on communication with the citizens and society at large since this is an important challenge for all of us.

3. Decision Support

We explore how to improve and support decision-making processes. This entails not only the technical matters such as rainfall modelling, but also the political decision making process.

4. Enhanced Competencies

We assess the needs for competencies among the participants. Following this, we organize and anchor the needed training.

The four tracks organize activities and training in cooperation with each other, the leader of the secretariat, and the Task Force – based on needs experienced by the stakeholders and on new knowledge developed in the broad field of cooperation on climate adaptation.

Task Force

The Regional Task Force for Climate Adaptation was established with the aim of supporting municipalities, water utility services and hospitals in their effort to move from plan to action within climate adaptation.

The Task Force for Climate Adaptation is

  • a travelling team which supports municipalities, water utility services and hospitals in developing competencies to act and in accelerating the realization of climate adaption projects
  • a knowledge centre, gathering the regional overview, collecting and providing knowledge, and
  • a platform for the creation of innovation and demo projects.

The Task Force gathers stakeholders around projects, concentrated on blue and green solutions within a catchment and green spot framework. We aim at identifying barriers within the cross-institutional organizations and contribute to their solutions. Our primary focus is on projects involving more municipalities and projects that include generic problems while transforming municipal climate adaptation plans to reality.

Thus, the main role of the Task Force is to aid participants with process and project support, focused on the initiation of projects. The projects themselves always belong to municipalities, water utility services and hospitals, and the Task Force retires when the projects are up and running.

Task Force also has a budget for engaging external consultants and finance 50 % of their fee. This can be relevant in the initiation of actual projects or in the process of building the fundament for future projects.

The Task Force consists of two process consultants and is on the budget for 2015 to 2018. The work of the Task Force is co-financed by The Capital Region of Denmark with 50 %.

Management and broad cooperation

The day-to-day management of KLIKOVAND is on the leader of the secretariat, supported by an Executive Committee, which meets every quarter. The Task Force has an Advisory Panel, which meets biannually, to discuss and suggest adjustments of the strategy and direction of their work. The Advisory Panel consists of representatives for universities, state administration, industry organizations and other stakeholders within climate adaptation.

KLIKOVAND also cooperate with several other stakeholders within climate adaptation, including the innovation network Vand i Byer > (Water in Urban Areas), the green transition network Gate 21 >, the Central Denmark Region >, and a number of knowledge institutions and companies.

Read more

Climate adaptation in Denmark > is a portal from the Ministry of Environment. The portal presents the existing knowledge on climate change and climate change adaptation within a number of areas.

Climate strategy of The Capital Region of Denmark >

Read more about Greater Copenhagen >