Sino-German Cooperation
on Biodiversity, Climate and Environment
On behalf of International Climate Initiative (IKI)

Beijing: Response to Urban Flood Disasters under Climate Change

Since 2012, Beijing has taken enormous steps to strengthen and expand its urban flood control systems in an environmentally sustainable manner. CRR’s case study demonstrates that the Beijing experience can serve as an example of wise flood management in a rapidly growing and developing area. The city has developed a holistic early warning system; besides, the comprehensive overhaul of rainwater pumping stations, collection systems, drainage systems, and water storage tanks has created a drastic expansion in pumping capacity to ease flood events. With targeted and prudent investment, flood-prone regions can adapt to the age of climate change.

Since 2012, Beijing has taken enormous steps to strengthen and expand its urban flood control systems in an environmentally sustainable manner. CRR’s case study demonstrates that the Beijing experience can serve as an example of wise flood management in a rapidly growing and developing area. The city has developed a holistic early warning system; besides, the comprehensive overhaul of rainwater pumping stations, collection systems, drainage systems, and water storage tanks has created a drastic expansion in pumping capacity to ease flood events. With targeted and prudent investment, flood-prone regions can adapt to the age of climate change.