Baltadapt Workshop | 25 October 2011 | Gdańsk, Poland
How are climate change and climate adaptation perceived by decision makers in the eastern part of the Baltic Sea Region? What will be the impact of climate change particularly for the coastal regions and how can local actors prepare for it? What knowledge is available and what measures are already being implemented successfully?
These questions were addressed at the workshop on Climate knowledge for regional coastal stakeholders in the eastern Baltic Sea region in Gdańsk on 25 October 2011. The workshop was part of a workshop series organised by Ecologic Institute as a joint activity of the projects Baltadapt, RADOST and "Regional availability of climate data in the Baltic Sea States (Circum Mare Balticum)". The other workshops of the series took place in Klaipeda, Lithuania and Riga, Latvia.
Impressions from the workshop
The workshop took place as a side event to the 2nd Annual Forum on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The Polish participants came from environmental office of the city of Gdańsk and the Maritime Office in Gdynia. After the introductory presentations by representatives of the projects Baltadapt and RADOST a lively discussion took place among participants. The representative of the city of Gdansk stated that – from the perspective of the Environmental Protection Agency – climate change mitigation and adaptation are of lower priority. Water and air quality, energy security, the protection of the lowlands of the Vistula Delta are more important issues – at least for the Municipality of Gdańsk. The Maritime Office in Gdynia recognizes the consequences of climate change, for example sea-level rise, coastal erosion and changing precipitation patterns. Climate change, however, is not dealt as a separate topic, but it is integrated into the several work areas.
The availability of clear, reliable and readable information was an important issue raised during the discussion. The providers of such information should be scientists instead of ministries or other authorities. The need was furthermore stated that this information needs to be prepared in a comprehensible way so that in the end journalists can understand it and are able to report objectively about climate change rather than coming up with sensational news.
The end of the workshop was an interactive presentation in the visualisation theatre "Geodome" by Baltadapt partner SMHI on the topic of eutrophication and climate change and its impacts on the Baltic Sea. The visualisation theatre was presented as a part of the project and networking village at the 2nd Annual Forum on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.