Climate Change: Impacts, Costs and Adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region
The BaltCICA Project is designed to focus on the most imminent problems that climate change is likely to cause in the Baltic Sea Region. The concentration of large parts of the population and many larger cities in coastal areas make the region especially sensitive to climate change. Changes in precipitation and flood patterns as well as rising sea level can affect not only the built environment but also water availability and quality.
Aim of the project
Adaptation to climate change cannot be solved solely locally and in isolated attempts, but calls for cooperation and integrated approaches in the Baltic Sea Region. The BaltCICA project with local and regional partners prepares regions and municipalities to cope with a changing climate.
The BaltCICA project uses climate change scenarios to discuss and develop adaptation measures with relevant planning authorities and stakeholders. The project assesses costs and benefits of adaptation in case studies and on a pan-Baltic level. Case studies results support multi-level and transnational approaches in the Baltic Sea Region.
A common methodological frame for the development and assessment of adaptation options will be applied. In the BaltCICA project, participants use a foresight approach to climate change adaptation. It’s purpose is to aid the processes in the various participating cities and regions, and to ensure comparability.
The BaltCICA Project is structured into five work packages. The three contextual work packages focus on climate change impacts, adaptation measures and costs and benefits of adaptation.
The BaltCICA project counts with excellent science-stakeholder cooperation – the involved local partners are developing their climate change adaptation strategies within the framework of the project. The BaltCICA Project is part-financed by the EU Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007 - 2013. The lead partner of the project is the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) and the partnership comprises 24 partners including municipalities, regional authorities and research institutes. The project duration is from February 2009 to January 2012.