Bremen, Germany
City population: 536227
Duration: 2017 – 2019
Implementation status: Completed
Scale: Micro-scale: District/neighbourhood level
Project area: 22000 m2
Type of area: Other
Last updated: November 2021

A project of the local government developed with EU and federal funds that aimed at the development of the green and beach area in the course of the refurbishment of the flood protection system. The initiative sought to provide a model project for urban flood protection, which can showcase that flood protection measures do not require a separation between city and water and new recreational spaces at the water and shore can be created instead. The project involves redevelopment of the shore area, enlargement of the public space at the shore with additional sand deposit and greenery planting (Ref. 1, 2). The bank area with a beach and recreational facilities opened in May 2019 (Ref. 5).


Nature-based solution

  • Parks and urban forests
  • Large urban parks or forests
  • Blue infrastructure
  • Rivers/streams/canals/estuaries

Key challenges

  • Climate action for adaptation, resilience and mitigation (SDG 13)
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Water management (SDG 6)
  • Flood protection
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Regeneration, land-use and urban development
  • Promotion of naturalistic urban landscape design
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Enabling physical activity
  • Creation of opportunities for relaxation and recreation
  • Economic development and employment (SDG 8)
  • Real estate development
  • Cultural heritage and cultural diversity
  • Protection of historic and cultural landscape/infrastructure


Creation of new green areas, Management of rivers and other blue areas

Project objectives

Goals of the intervention: 1) Development of the green and beach area in the course of the refurbishment of the flood protection system in order to provide additional recreational space and to anchor the history of the Bremen port more firmly in public awareness; 2) Creating a new attraction in the city, which will compensate for free-space deficiencies in the adjoining district of Gröpelingen and thus create impulses for the development of neighboring quarters in the Bremer West; 3) Providing a model project for the urban flood protection (necessary due to climate change), which shows how flood protection measures do not require a separation between city and water and new spaces for the water and shore experiences can be created instead; 4) Developing an urban hinge project, with the new recreation center bringing the city of Bremen and Überseestadt Gröpelingen and Walle closer together (Ref. 1, 3).

Implementation activities

Applying the so-called 'rinsing dikes' along the future new water edge, which are then rinsed with sand until the final level is reached; Installing a deck of building blocks on the water side in front of the rinsing dikes; Enlarging the public space at the shore with additional sand deposit; Redesigning the beach area; Greenery planting; Creating a barrier-free access to the waterfront in the lower beach area; Building new connections to the adjoining streets and squares; Building new play facilities (Ref. 1, 2).

Climate-focused activities

Climate change adaptation:

  • Implement sustainable urban drainage infrastructure (e.g. to make space for water)
  • Renaturalization of rivers and other water bodies

Main beneficiaries

  • Citizens or community groups


Management set-up

  • Government-led

Type of initiating organisation

  • Local government/municipality

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Unknown

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

Local government developed the project proposal and applied for funds from the federal government and the EU for its implementation (Ref. 1, 2).

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Yes (The project was supported by the European Union ERDF programme and the federal government (Ref. 3, 4).)
... a national policy or strategy? Yes (The project is supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Nuclear Safety as well as the European ERDF Program within the framework of the federal program "National Projects of Urban Development - Future Investment Program" (Bundesprogramm Nationale Projekte des Städtebaus) (Ref. 3, 4).)
... a local policy or strategy? Unknown


Total cost

More than €4,000,000

Source(s) of funding

  • EU funds
  • Public national budget
  • Public local authority budget

Type of funding

  • Earmarked public budget
  • Direct funding or subsidy

Non-financial contribution


Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Climate, energy and emissions
  • Strengthened capacity to address climate hazards/natural disasters
  • Water management and blue areas
  • Increased protection against flooding
  • Green space and habitat
  • Increased green space area

Economic impacts

  • Stimulate development in deprived areas

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Social justice and cohesion
  • Improved access to urban green space
  • Increased opportunities for social interaction
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Gain in activities for recreation and exercise
  • Cultural heritage and sense of place
  • Protection of historic and cultural landscape / infrastructure

Type of reported impacts

Expected impacts, Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system


Presence of indicators used in reporting


Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

No evidence in public records

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

No evidence in public records