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Urban river restoration: a sustainable strategy for storm-water management in Lodz, Poland

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This case study was originally published on the Climate-ADAPT website – for more information please visit the case study page. Climate-ADAPT aims to support Europe in adapting to climate change by helping users to access and share data and information. The platform includes the Climate-ADAPT database that contains quality checked information that can be easily searched.


The 19th century industrialisation in Lodz heavily affected the city’s rivers, altering their ecosystems and hydrology. Many rivers in the densely built-up city were canalized. This resulted ina higher flood risk from runoff during heavy rain periods. Low water retention also implies reduction of soil moisture during dry spells, contributing to higher temperature and reduced air humidity (urban heat island). Based on climate change projections, it is expected that the intensity of heavy rain periods and higher temperatures will increase and exacerbate these problems.

In response to this range of issues, a demonstration project of Sokołówka river restoration using natural processes was carried out in Lodz as  part of the EU funded SWITCH project. A Blue-Green Network concept was piloted, aiming to improve urban ecosystem health, reduce flood risk, and ameliorate the microclimate, thereby contributing to better quality of life. The Blue-Green Network concept remains relevant in the city planning of Lodz and the multiple benefits of river restoration projects have sparked interest and action towards adaptation of the used technologies to new locations and development of green areas in connection to the water elements present in the city.

You can read the full case study on the Climate-ADAPT website.

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