Guide to Spatial Adaptation

The guide to spatial adaptation offers assistance in climate-proofing and water-resilient planning in your area. The guide is intended as a practical tool for how to handle adaptation in relation to the maintenance of public space, choice of location for new housing or infrastructure, granting of permits and investment decisions. The Analysis step helps you visualize the vulnerabilities of your area, and which opportunities arise through climate change. The Ambition step is intended to determine the level of ambition and the process of anchoring this ambition in objectives and strategies to reach these objectives. The Action step deals with assurance of objectives and ambitions in policies and regulations (Policy assurance), eventually leading to implementation.


Analysing your area




Formulating your ambition

Objectives and challenges



Policy and implementation

Policy Assurance


There are no predetermined standards or targets available for many aspects of water-resilient and climate-proof planning. Parties involved therefore must formulate their own objectives and ambitions. The guide can assist in this process. The steps do not need to be completed in a particular sequence. You can start by formulating your ambition, or start with the problem analysis; sometimes formulating a development plan is the motivation for using the guide. The basis of the guide to spatial adaptation is the  Climate-proof cities Manifest (in Dutch).