Quality Management System for Climate Change Adaptation for the Tri-City Area Bergisches Städtedreieck

  • Kathrin Prenger-BerninghoffEmail author
  • Alice Neht
  • Andreas Witte
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Human-induced climate change has been increasingly brought to people’s attention since the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007. Climate change impacts already affect cities and regions today. Therefore, effective concepts are needed which avoid further climate-damaging impacts and contribute to an adaptation to impacts that are happening now.

A quality management system (QMS) for climate change adaptation, developed for the Tri-City Area Bergisches Städtedreieck, is supposed to serve as a management tool to mainstream climate adaptation into practice. Based on existing programs and approaches in the scope of climate mitigation, the QMS for climate adaptation aims to determine the progress and success of an adaptation process. The assessment of progress is accomplished by applying process indicators. To be able to evaluate the state of the art of the adaptation process, members of public administrations may use the developed questionnaire of the QMS. This progress assessment intends to highlight those areas in which the municipality is already well prepared and those in which there is still need for action. An application of the QMS pursues the goal to integrate the notion of climate change into all sectors of public administration and to promote a climate change adapted urban development in the long run.


Climate change adaptation Extreme weather events Quality management system Monitoring Evaluation 



The project BESTKLIMA was funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) on the basis of a resolution of the German Parliament (grant agreement number: 03DAS039)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathrin Prenger-Berninghoff
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alice Neht
    • 1
  • Andreas Witte
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Urban and Transport PlanningRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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