The Baltic Sea and its coastlines face challenges due to climate change...
Climate change will influence precipitation amounts and patterns, and lead to an increase in terrestrial and ocean temperatures and a rise in sea level. The resulting changes will jeopardize the integrity of the ecosystem and increase risks caused by natural disasters. There are good experiences of adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region but they are somehow fragmented and do not acknowledge the fact that the Baltic Sea is a specific eco-region. The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region recognizes this problem by calling for a Baltic Sea Region-wide climate change adaptation strategy, which should provide a framework to strengthen cooperation and information sharing within the region and help to create a coherent set of adaptation policies and actions from the transnational to the local level. Such an overarching framework, which is badly missing, would help to tackle what the Operating Programme of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region has identified as a major weakness: the “lack of transnational co-operation and joint planning in usage of Baltic Sea space and in minimalisation of risks caused by natural disasters”.
…it is time to adapt now!
Baltadapt is developing such a Baltic Sea Region-wide climate change adaptation strategy. This truly transnational strategy will focus on the sea itself and its coastline. While it is understood that such a strategy cannot be adopted by Baltadapt, the project can ensure its preparation and clear the ground for its adoption.
Complementing this main output, the project seeks to achieve the following results:
- Improved knowledge base: A knowledge brokerage process between political decision makers and researchers leading to improved institutional capacity. The Baltic Window, a one-stop-shop information portal compiling all available information on climate change in the Baltic Sea Region, shall be the hub for decision makers from the Baltic Sea Region
- Action plan: Providing the operational basis for implementing the BSR-wide Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and influencing policies, programmes and regulations. Together with the action plan, recommendations on funding mechanisms for financing climate change adaptation initiatives shall be given
The Baltadapt project is funded by the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007–2013. It has a total budget of 2.86 million Euro, of which 2.1 million Euro are ERDF co-finance and 0.75 million Euro are partners’ contributions. It runs from October 2010 to December 2013. Baltadapt is a flagship project under the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and has been awarded the Baltic21 Lighthouse Project quality label by the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development.