Baden-Württemberg: Municipalities would like to prepare themselves better for the heat

Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - At the end of a summer with great heat and drought in the south-west, many cities would like to prepare better for high temperatures in the future.

Baden-Württemberg: Municipalities would like to prepare themselves better for the heat

Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - At the end of a summer with great heat and drought in the south-west, many cities would like to prepare better for high temperatures in the future. At the next meeting of the environmental offices of the city council in September, the topic of heat action plans will be on the agenda, said a spokeswoman for the municipal association in Stuttgart. Because many cities want to set out to create such plans or are already in the process of doing so.

Heat prevention and climate change adaptation have not yet been dealt with so intensively in many places, according to the municipal association. "The cities see the need for action - but compared to climate protection with all its challenges and the current energy crisis, that often takes a back seat," said the spokeswoman.

Andreas Matzarakis from the Center for Medical Meteorological Research of the German Weather Service also confirms that the municipalities are now aware of the heat issue. But there are still problems with the implementation, said the biometeorologist. On the one hand, there is a need for staff, since the projects often include a large number of measures. On the other hand, the effectiveness must also be checked. Just building a drinking fountain doesn't help if it doesn't meet the need.

How many municipalities in the state have already drawn up a heat action plan is currently not known to the City Council or the Baden-Württemberg District Council. Mannheim, for example, is one of the few cities in the southwest that can already present such a plan.

According to a spokesman, the plan for the fan-shaped city includes a whole bundle of measures. From an overview of cool places in the city to the targeted addressing of groups particularly at risk from the heat to structural measures such as the construction of drinking water dispensers, the heat is to be countered on a broad front.

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