How to make cities more resilient? Results and recommendations from the CASCADE project

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 10:00 to 13:00
Final conference

The CASCADE (Community Safety Action for Supporting Climate Adaptation and Development) project brought together civil protection professionals and climate change adaptation experts to build urban resilience and to improve the capacity to understand, assess, and treat current and future climate change related risks on the local level, focusing on the particular in Baltic Sea Region conditions. 

Among the partners of the CASCADE project, there are three UBC member cities (Hamburg, Liepaja and Turku) and the Safe Cities Commission and the Sustainable Cities Commission.  

The project is now coming to an end - join the final conference online to learn about the project results and recommendations including the launch of the Toolbox for Climate Risk Preparedness!

CASCADE final conference will:

  • Launch  the Toolbox for climate risk preparedness
  • Discuss what can be done by countries and municipalities to better adapt to climate change
  • Introduce training related climate change adaptation
  • Talk about the future of climate change adaptation and resilience

The event will be held on Zoom, all registered participants will receive a link to join the event. Welcome!


10.00    Welcome,

Moderator: Evelin Piirsalu, SEI Tallinn

Opening words:

Björn Grönholm, City of Turku 

Jari Honkanen, Ministry of Interior Finland


10.20    Keynote: Climate Change Adaptation and Local Disaster Resilience Building.

Andrew Bower, UN DRR Regional office


10.45    Launch of the CASCADE Toolbox for  Climate Risk Preparedness.

Miikka Toivonen, Southwest Finland Emergency Services


Session I – Building capacities on climate risk assessment

11.00    Overview and lessons learned from CASCADE training sessions.

Markus Jostes, Hamburg Fire and Rescue Service

11.15    Managing climate risks in the Baltic Sea Region – educational material for higher education.

Cecilia Lundberg, Åbo Akademi University


Break (11:30 – 11:45)


Session II – EU and BSR climate adaptation policy

11.45    Policy recommendations on integration of Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risks Reduction in the Baltic Sea Region.

Franziska Seufert, CBSS

12.00    EU climate adaptation strategy.

Elena Visnar Malinovska, European Commission DG Clima


Session III – Resilience and vulnerability related to climate change and beyond

12.15    Resilience and overall vulnerability of the City of Turku.

Miika Meretoja, City of Turku

12.30    Plenary discussion: Climate adaptation in the future; Vulnerability and resilience related to climate change and beyond.

Moderator Heidi Tuhkanen, SEI Tallinn

12.55    Wrap up

13.00     End of conference

Event Agenda