Baltadapt News 02/2012

Baltadapt hosted workshop on macro-regional
climate change adaptation strategy

rsz_helsinki_nikolaj_bock_norden-orgBaltadapt is developing a macro-regional climate change adaptation strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, as called for in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
But what does this macro-regional approach actually mean? And what should this climate change adaptation strategy focus on? More than 30 experts from around the Baltic Sea met in Helsinki, Finland on 17 January 2012 to discuss the aims, directions and character of this strategy. The workshop was part of the third Baltadapt partner meeting.
“The macro-regional approach of the strategy will facilitate cooperation of forerunners in adaptation with the ones that are lacking behind“, says Maxi Nachtigall, project officer at CBSS Baltic 21 and one of the workshop’s organisers. “The strategy will look at certain needs in defined sectors, propose a prioritization of actions needed for concerned policy makers and offer approaches to think mitigation and adaptation together.”
Read more about the workshop's results

First Baltadapt Policy Forum to be held on 24 April 2012

baltadapt_logo_200x150At the “Baltic Sea Day”, 24 April 2012 in Berlin, Germany, the Council of the Baltic Sea States, CBSS, in close cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety will organize a high level Policy Forum as kick-off event for the working process on a proposal for a macro-regional climate change adaptation strategy.
Participants of this Policy Forum will be high level policy makers and representatives from relevant national ministries, the European Commission, international and regional organizations and academic institutions in the field of climate change and adaptation from across the Baltic Sea Region.
Read more about the event

Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region: Precipitation

Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region: PrecipitationBaltadapt has published a series of Climate Info bulletins which aim at presenting the scientific state-of-the-art knowledge on climate change in the Baltic Sea Region in an easy-to-understand way to non-scientific stakeholders.
In this newsletter, some of the expected impacts of climate change on precipitation are summarised.
Simulated changes in precipitation in the Baltic Sea Region are large and indicate a wetter climate in the future. The projected increases are largest and most consistent during winter. In summer the scenarios generally show more precipitation in the north and less in the south but there are large uncertainties in this, even concerning the sign of change. Also precipitation extremes are projected to change with time and models show increasing amounts of precipitation associated with such extreme events, also in areas that may experience decreases in seasonal mean precipitation. An intensification of extreme events is noted for a wide range of accumulation times (e.g. hours to days to week) and for common and rare extremes.
More detailed information about the expected impacts of climate change on precipitation in the Baltic Sea Region can be found in Baltadapt Climate Info #2: Precipitation.
Click here to download the Baltadapt Climate Info bulletins

Baltadapt Report: Review of Stakeholder Dialogues in Climate Adaptation Related Projects in the Baltic Sea Region

cover_stakeholder_reportIn order to prepare their own stakeholder dialogues on climate change adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region, Baltadapt partners have reviewed other projects' stakeholder involvement on this topic. The results of this review have now been published in a synthesis report.
The report elaborates on what different roles stakeholders have taken in the evaluated projects, and gives an account of the learning and outcomes from stakeholder dialogues conducted in the projects. The reviewed projects had diverse degrees of stakeholder involvement.
Some of the projects did only include disseminating activities such as end-conferences where stakeholders were invited to attend, while others built their project input and goals on two-way stakeholder dialogues.
Download the report from Baltadapt project website

Short film on climate change adaptation
in the Eastern Baltic Sea Region

youtubestill_workshopsBaltadapt is proud to announce the release of a short film on climate change adaptation on the Eastern shores of the Baltic Sea. In the short film, scientists and local stakeholders from Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia talk about climate change and adaptation to it, local challenges and solutions.
The short film was shot by Ecologic Institute during the workshop series "Climate knowledge in the eastern Baltic Sea Region" in October 2011.
Click here to watch the clip

Web survey on German climate change adaptation portal

anpassung_surveyIn the coming months, the website of “KomPass - Climate Impacts and Adaptation in Germany” of the German Federal Environment Agency will be relaunched to implement a modern web-based portal on climate adaptation. For this relaunch, particular attention is being paid to the wishes of the website’s users. If you want to contribute to this relaunch, please participate in a short and anonymous survey.
Please note that the survey is available in German only and closes on 29 February 2012.
Click here to take part

Upcoming Events

1st Baltadapt Policy Forum

24 April 2012, Berlin, Germany
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Resilient Cities 2012: 3rd Global Forum on Urban Resilience & Adaptation

12–15 May 2012, Bonn, Germany
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World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy

13–18 May 2012, Dublin, Ireland
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European Maritime Day 2012

21–22 May 2012, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Understanding Changing Climate and Environment and Finding Solutions

14–18 July 2012, Hamburg, Germany
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Second Nordic International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation

29–31 August 2012, Helsinki, Finland
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