Community safety action for supporting climate adaptation and development

CASCADE aims 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 (BSR) conditions.

The unique project will increase practical risk management capabilities of local authorities in the Baltic Sea Region, as it brings together local administrations and civil protection practitioners, experts at universities and companies, national civil protection authorities and international bodies to achieve its goals.

The project will seek to improve urban resilience in cities and towns, as well as the overall macro–regional resilience. The expected outcome of CASCADE is to adapt existing risk assessment methodology to the climate change context and tailor it to the local level.
This methodology will be used in a training course for city officials, responsible for civil protection. If successful, the training can be replicated by all BSR countries. CASCADE will also strive for initiating a region – wide policy dialogue on the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction as an effective platform for cross – sectorial cooperation between different levels of governance and for greater policy coherence on climate risk assessments.

Project Leader: City of Turku
Funding programme: DG ECHO
Time span: 2019-2020

Project partners:

  • Southwest Finland Emergency Services – Lead partner
  • Union of the Baltic Cities - Sustainable Cities Commission (UBC SCC)
  • Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat (CBSS)
  • MSB Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)
  • Main School of Fire Services (SGSP)
  • Hamburg Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS)
  • UBC Safe Cities Commission/ Liepaja Municipal police
  • Frederiksborg Fire & Rescue Services
  • Stockholm Environment Institute in Tallinn (SEI Tallinn)
  • Abo Akademi University/CLL in Finland
2019 to 2020
Active project