Environmental and Geographic context, climate conditions and problem description concerning hydro-meterological risks.
The demonstrator is centered around Seden Strandby a suburb to Odense, the third largest city in Denmark. Seden Strandby is located approx. 8km northeast of the Odense city center by Odense Fjord. The total project project area covers 42 ha. The project area is in a humid continental climate zone. The weather is influenced by low -pressure systems from the Atlantic, which means unstable conditions throughout the year. Seden Strandby is located at Odense Fjord, one of 10 flood prone areas in Denmark, according to the Directive 2007/60/EC on the assessment and management of flood risks. The suburban area at Seden Strandby is threatened by flooding due to the sea level rise. 142 private homes are at the direct risk of flooding as well as up to 66ha of agricultural areas.
Odense Fjord is also designated as a Natura 2000 area (Odense Fjord, Natura area nr. 110) according to the habitats directive (directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992). Odense Fjord is an important rest and nesting area for many bird species and historical a habitat for the natterjack toad (Bufo calamita). Waders as the Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) and the natterjack toad (Bufo calamita) are dependet on salt meadows in good conditions with shallow ponds to nest/breed and seek food. Many salt meadows have been converted to agricultural areas and the remaining meadows are being overgrown.
At the same time the coastal landscape is a valuable landscape type which should be spared of buldings and other technical installations.
The project wants to demonstrate how to combine the interests of minimizing flood risk of the suburban as well as agricultural areas, improving habitats in the Natura 2000 area and conserving the coastal landscape
RECONECT Seden Strand, Odense
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