Climate Change: The Model Region Dresden Adapts

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The research project REGKLAM (Integrated Regional Climate Adaptation Programme for the Model Region Dresden) takes up one of the most important challenges of our time ― adaptation to the effects of climate change. Climate change differs considerably from region to region. In addressing its consequences, strategies specific to a give region are therefore increasingly required.

Securing the Quality of Life ― Using Economic Opportunities

Not only the risks must be dealt with adequately when elaborating measures: the opportunities that climate change offers the model region Dresden must also be successfully exploited.

The principal objective of REGKLAM is to safeguard the quality of life for the local population and to ensure the long-term competitiveness of the regional economy.

To achieve this, the project pursues three important lines of action:

  • It assembles challenges, goals, and proposed measures into an implementation-oriented action programme for the region.
  • It initiates and monitors key projects and further adjustment measures.
  • It brings regional actors together and intensifies cooperation in a network designed to continue after completion of the project.

Focal Themes

REGKLAM intervenes in various key domains particularly important for the further development of the region:

  • buildings, open spaces, and urban structures
  • infrastructure for water supply and waste water disposal
  • agriculture and forestry, and
  • industry.


The applicant partners in the collaborative project are:

  • Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development

  • Technical University of Dresden (nine fields)

  • Freiberg University of Mining and Technology (three fields)

  • State Capital Dresden

  • Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research

  • Dresden Groundwater Research Center

  • Stadtentwässerung Dresden GmbH

A further 70 partners from various areas of society in the region are now integrated in the project.

REGKLAM is supported by the KLIMZUG funding programme of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is responsible for coordinating REGKLAM.

REGKLAM Model Region

Modellregion Dresden
Karte Modellregion Dresden


2008 – 2013

Project Leader

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c.
Bernhard Müller
E-Mail: info[im]


Project Management

On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research the Project Management Agency at the German Aerospace Center is in charge of the functional and organizational implementation of the KLIMZUG-Programme.
Project Contract Number: 01 LR 0802



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Map: Model Region
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