Wuhan Wuqing Embankment provides a successful model for urban adaptation to climate change, utilizing nature-based adaptation methods. The gentle slope of Wuqing Embankment has been redeveloped as a ‘river beach’ with social and ecological functions. Sponge city facilities effectively act as a buffer from the Yangtze River, reducing flood the risk in cities along the river. With 70% coverage for green space and water systems, the embankment area increases the carbon sequestration capacity of the city and helps alleviate the urban “heat island effect”. With the support of C40, Wuhan carried out climate action planning and the cities successful practices provide valuable experience for other cities that may experience flooding and high temperatures.
Wuqing Embankment fully considered the needs of citizens, including the elderly and children. A large number of public facilities were built as part of the project. The river beach now provides children’s amusement facilities where children play happily during holidays. This space has become a brand-new ecological back garden for a variety of citizens.