Transforming Cities: How Dragør is working with nature to protect the city from rising sea levels

Cities and the rising sea levels 31. October 2022

Get an insight into some truly innovative climate adaptation work from Dragør Municipality in a new film.

Dragør is one of 19 municipalities that have partnered with the Danish Coastal Authority and the philantropic association Realdania in their work to develop new strategies for adapting to rising sea levels. A new film produced for Realdania by BBC StoryWorks Commercial Productions provides some insight into Dragør's truly innovative work and approach to the challenge of rising sea levels.

A focus om nature-based solutions

In Dragør, focus has been on developing a plan for protecting the low-lying city, nature and cultural heritage of Dragør through an approach that draws inspiration from the natural coastal landscape and its ability to absorb the waves. The plan proposes to strengthen and connect the natural headland while realigning the flood protection and adapting the landscape surrounding the city, laying out a solution that be extended over time and does not create a barrier between city and sea – in fact, is it expected to create more space for nature and native species while adding new recreational qualities for the people of Dragør and its many visitors. In June 2022, Dragør Municipality was assigned 18 mio. DKK in support from Realdania for a partial realization of the plan.

Read more on Realdania's initiative, Cities and the rising sea level

About the film

The film from Dragør is part of Transforming Cities, a series that highlights some of the most ambitious climate actions and solutions undertaken by cities globally. Transforming Cities is presented by C40 Cities – a network of mayors of nearly 100 cities collaborating to deliver the climate action needed to confront the climate crisis – and produced by BBC Storyworks Commercial Productions. Films and written pieces will make up the series – with new episodes arriving on the site over the coming months. 

Realdania has supported C40 since 2013 in partnership with two of the world’s most ambitious philanthropists, Bloomberg Philanthropies (US) and The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK).

The entire series can be watched at www.transformingcitiesseries.com