Baltadapt Workshop | 27 October 2011 | Klaipeda, Lithuania
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 Klaipeda on 27 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 Gdańsk, Poland and Riga, Latvia.
Impressions from the workshop
The participants of this workshop came from various institutions, for example, the Curonian Spit National Park (Kuršių nerijos nacionalinio parko direkcija), the State Environmental Protection Agency (AAA Aplinkos apsaugos agentura), the Neringa municipality, the Universities of Vilnius and Klaipėda and the company, "COWI Lietuva", which is entrusted with the development of a national adaptation strategy in Lithuania.
After the introductory presentations by representatives of the projects Baltadapt and Radost, a survey on perception of climate change was conducted. The survey results could immediately be visualized and discussed due to the use of new technologies. In Klaipėda it was stated that in Lithuania environmental conditions are given higher priority than the economic and social conditions.
Subsequently Gintautas Stankunavicius from the University of Vilnius held a presentation on climate change in Lithuania. Justas Kazys also from the University of Vilnius presented the results from the project BaltCica on adaptation measures in the river valley Smeltale. Lana Sakson from the Latvian Academy of Sciences presented funding opportunities for climate adaptation measures and projects. Christoph Lehner from Lübeck reported on experiences of a coastal protection measure at the Timmendorfer beach in Germany.
In the following discussion, it was said that while climate change impacts are recognized along the Lithuanian coast (for example, erosion processes in Palanga), the local coastal communities have so far shown little interest to deal with adaptation measures. A stated reason for that might be the relatively low population pressure along the coast so that no acute coastal protection measures are necessary. In respect to the transfer of knowledge on climate change it was noted that in the future information must be provided easily and naturally. A possible way for dissemination of information could be information campaigns.