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Government fund to prepare for climate change

Published måndag 24 november 2014 kl 18.18
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Environment Åsa Romson. Photo: JANERIK HENRIKSSON / TT.

The government will put SEK 150 million into preparing for floods and landslides caused by climate change.

Environment Minister Åsa Romson (Green Party) announced the creation of the fund in the western city of Gothenburg.

The Göta Älv in western Sweden is one of the waterways that could cause serious flooding if climate change leads to wetter Swedish weather.

The port city of Gothenburg itself is also built low and close to the water's edge.
From next year there will be a SEK 150 million pot for local authorities to apply for, so they can create flood defences or plan to divert swollen waterways.

Minister Romson says in the event of large-scale climate change there will be much more pressure on the state's finances, and 150 million will not cover the costs.

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