First draft of Baltic Sea Region Climate Change Adaptation Strategy presented at Second Baltadapt Policy Forum
A first draft of the climate change adaptation strategy and its accompanying action plan, that are being developed within the Baltadapt project, were presented, discussed and further developed during the second Baltadapt Policy Forum which took place in Stockholm, Sweden on 10 and 11 December 2011. The event was opened by Anders Flanking, State Secretary at the Swedish Ministry of Environment and attended by 70 representatives from national ministries, the European Commission, international and regional organisations and academic institutions. It featured working sessions on the expected impact of climate change on agriculture, biodiversity, spatial planning and civil security. The Second Policy Forum was organised by the Baltadapt partners Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI). Presentations and impressions from the Second Policy Forum can be found here.
Review of the First Baltadapt Policy Forum & Outlook
The Second Policy Forum continued the working process on a proposal for a macro-regional climate change adaptation strategy that was started at the First Baltadapt Policy Forum held as an integral part of the “Baltic Sea Days” in Berlin, Germany in April 2012. A documentation of this event including a summary report, impressions, presentations and a summary of the Panel Discussion is available for download here. The third and final Baltadapt Policy Forum will be held in Tallinn, Estonia 29–30 May 2013.
New Baltadapt Reports on climate change in the Baltic Sea Region
The focus of the Gap-Fit Analysis (Baltadapt Report #1) is on the formulation of climate change impacts in relation to the fishery, infrastructure, tourism and biodiversity sectors as well as policies which have an impact on the Baltic Sea and the coastal zone at the state (countries) level. The report points out already existing adaptation measures, their possible application elsewhere as well as the biggest gaps in policy development.
The Vulnerability Assessment Report (Baltadapt Report #7) provides a review of already existing vulnerability assessments within the Baltic Sea Region. Its main message is that vulnerability assessments per se whithin these specific sectors are not that common in the Baltic Sea Region. Particularly the assessment of adaptive capacity is often missing in the reports and assessments found. This report also suggests a concept of climate change vulnerability to be utilized in the macro-regional climate change strategy, which is Baltadapt's main output. This vulnerability concept follows the conceptualization made by the IPCC and emphasises the importance of an integrated approach to vulnerability assessments.
Lost in Translation? Baltadapt Workshop at European Climate Change Adaptation Conference
Baltadapt will host a workshop on linkages between EU, macro-regional and national strategies and real actions during the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA) in Hamburg, Germany on 18 March 2013. The workshop will assess opportunities and constraints related to the interaction of strategies and action plans on the national, regional and EU-level and their role for implementation of actions. The main focus will be on the specific role of regional strategies – questioning how such strategies can facilitate adaptation to climate change from the perspective of local implementation, development of national strategies, as well as in facilitating implementation of the EU strategy. The workshop will be initiated by three speaks, followed by a moderated world-café session aiming to identify if and how strategies on different levels should interplay to ensure adaptation to climate change.
Save-the-date: Adaptation to Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region. Baltadapt Final Conference in Riga, Latvia 3–4 September 2013
The conference will bring together policy makers (from the EU, transnational and national level), scientists and other stakeholders dealing with climate change in the Baltic Sea Region in order to discuss the EU’s first macroregional adaptation strategy and related adaptation measures. The agenda is built around the following core topics:
The Baltic Sea Region Climate Change Adaptation Strategy
The Action Plan complementing the Adaptation Strategy
Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region: What we know and what we don’t know yet
A more detailed conference announcement will be published on the Baltadapt website in due time.
Adaptation to Climate Change in North-West Europe: From Recommendations to Actions