Floods triggered by heavy rain in July 2021 cost the lives of 134 people in Germany - many more lost their belongings, and entire villages and neighborhoods were destroyed. Such extreme weather events are occurring with increasing frequency as part of climate change. The disaster risk is also intensified by straightened stream and river courses, by forest and tree dieback, or by the close development of riparian regions.
While the renaturalization of watercourses, the creation of floodplains or reforestation require a longer implementation period, cities and regions can protect their populations more quickly and better through data-based solutions.
Many municipalities already have the necessary data and could take action in a timely manner. The better this information is networked, combined and processed for the general population, the more targeted countermeasures can be initiated. As a result, infrastructures and human lives can be protected.
In order to create globally sustainable structures, the member states of the United Nations have set themselves 17 goals by 2030, which are set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.