C40 Summit Video Blog Series: Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam: “Water is our life, our economy, our jobs, but our biggest enemy”

*Editor’s note: In partnership with the City of Johannesburg we conducted a series of video interviews with mayors, leading sustainability officials and partner thought leaders during the C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 4-6, 2014. Stay tuned for more video blogs like this one over the coming weeks.

During his interview, Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb stressed the significant role that water plays in the everyday life of his city.

“Water is our life, our economy, our jobs, but our biggest enemy. It’s not talking theoretically for us — it’s really a matter of survival that we have to deal with water,” he said.

It only makes sense, then, that Rotterdam is the founder of Connecting Delta Cities, a C40 network that enables coastal cities to share knowledge and best practice to better face the dangers of flooding and other impacts from severe weather and climate change. Watch Mayor Aboutaleb discuss his city’s strong connection to other delta cities, and much more, here: