Vejle’s resilience strategy will strengthen the foundation of our city during both good and bad times.
We have witnessed the potential consequences of climate change, globalization, immigration and population growth – challenges that will affect the welfare of our society and our future. Building on the values of co-creation, innovation, and sustainable growth, Vejle’s strategy turns challenges into opportunities.
We are building a resilience foundation through collaboration across the municipality, civil societies and the business community, invite all partners to take action and cooperate in the development of tomorrow’s resilient Vejle – a cohesive, robust, and sustainable city.
We will create tomorrow's resilient city through productive partnerships across public and private sectors.
In Denmark, we have a long tradition of co-creation; collaboration between public and private institutions, businesses, and communities in the city to address challenges. We want to ensure that the concept continues to be a key aspiration for resilience and resilience building actions.
Co-creation is a cross-cutting pillar that integrates across all the other pillars. We will focus on developing, integrating and implementing resilience across the various sectors and departments in the municipality to continue to improve our public-private innovation work.
We want to work with those who have the drive and desire for action – be it locally, regionally, nationally or internationally. In our co-creative city we will primarily focus on integrating resilience into our municipal strategies.
At the Experience Center ”Kongernes Jelling – Home of the Viking Kings” the focal point is history and modern technology brings visitors right into the center of it.
We will use water and climate change as drivers for development of the city.
Water in Vejle is both an asset and a challenge. Vejle city is designated as one of ten Danish risk areas where there is a significant flood risk due to rising sea levels, increasing rainfall and flooding. There are several large key physical assets in Vejle. All are well maintained and monitored but it is also apparent that there is a need to address the coming risk in relation to flooding and increase in rain, as this will pose a serious treat in future years.
Our assets are vulnerable to climate change, this includes the harbor, the coastal area, the urban core and some of our infrastructure (small bridges and tunnels in west side urban core). Our water and sewage system are not prepared for heavy rain and flooding, some of the energy transformer stations and communication infrastructure in the city are also vulnerable to flooding.
Today, we have a well-functioning emergency response capability, as well as climate and risk management action plans but we need to explore new innovative solutions that create attractive urban environments while protecting us from the potential risks associated with increased water.
Mariaparken in Vejle is an award-winning recreational area – Danish landscape architects awarded it because is a great example of a modern public park. In winter, the multi track works as an ice rink. At the stage in the park Bluetooth technology and speakers have been integrated, so that citizens can listen to music from their phones.
We will increase social and economic cohesion and create the best conditions for future generations.
The strategy process has identified a number of emerging social challenges that can adversely affect the quality of life and welfare in Vejle today and in the future. Our diagnostic analysis suggests an increased risk of polarization, which can happen to more vulnerable groups at a time of increased immigration. Furthermore, the diagnostic work also raised a concern about the challenges facing the youth of Vejle. It indicated a widening gap and loss of social cohesion between groups in society across economic status, culture and local identity. The diagnostic work took a holistic approach to the perception of social services and welfare in Danish society, and reviewed the existing initiatives from five different perspectives (strategic; geographical; thematic; methodological perspectives; whilst also considering the different target groups).
The principles of social resilience focus on reinforcing the societal shift from compensation thinking to resource building. This shift is under way in Vejle. However, the strong Danish welfare model is under economic and demographic pressures and the role of municipalities is changing. The public sector will no longer be a welfare services enterprise, but rather will function as a democratically run community of active, responsible and resourceful citizens, businesses and institutions. This is partly about delivering better and smarter services – and promoting a municipality that is robust and durable, not only economically but also socially.
The floating kayak club is the first of its kind in Denmark. The beautiful and innovative facilities form a fantastic setting for outdoor recreation at the Vejle marina in Vejle Fjord.
The building in the back is Bølgen (The Wave) – an apartment complex designed by Henning Larsen Architects.
We will embrace new technologies and improve co-creation, efficiency, outreach and inclusivity.
New technologies, better collection and use of data, and automation will help us generate efficient and innovative ways of addressing a variety of challenges around both climate change, urban development and economic growth whilst also improving our social resilience. Digital technologies provide a major innovation potential and an opportunity to make Vejle even more attractive. Our ambition is to make Vejle a Resilient Smart City – a city that acts intelligently in creating opportunities and in responding to shocks and stresses.
A Resilient Smart City that is safe from cyberattacks; digitally inclusive; trustworthy in its use of data; and has a strong and well-functioning digital infrastructure.