Urban Climate Change Adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region

Description

How to stay resilient and mitigate vulnerability of our urban areas to the changing climate? How can we be better prepared to meet the challenges with adequate tools and skills to handle different emergency situations? What is direct and indirect impact of climate change on the urban areas? What are the possibilities and constraints to the adaptation?

The initiative Urban Climate Change Adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region was kicked off by Baltic Development Forum, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) in collaboration with the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation. The project provided opportunities for capacity building, training and applying the skills to existing situations. The project also focused on establishing connections between climate change and sustainable development of urban areas.

A series of workshops were carried out in the Baltic Sea Region (Stockholm, Turku, Copenhagen) to connect decision makers and local practitioners (cities and municipalities) engaged in climate change adaptation areas and to train them in a set of risk management approaches known as bottom-up strategies. Discussions were be based on knowledge sharing, capacity building and raising awareness of available methodologies. The content of the workshops were tailored to the local context.

Activities

The project activities included:

  • Three workshops in different locations in the Baltic Sea Region, providing training on the implementation of bottom-up approaches to climate change adaptation.
  • Connecting stakeholders across the Baltic Sea Region for knowledge-sharing on water management decision making.
  • Linking up to the macro-regional and wider international agenda on climate change adaptation.
  • Engaging in active communication and disseminate outcomes to a wider audience through eg. live streaming of workshops, and the utilization of the partner organisations’ communications channels.
  • Exploring the potential for expanding and growing the initiative beyond the project period.

Funding

This project was implemented with the support of the CBSS Project Support Facility.