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BALTADAPT Action Plan

BALTADAPT Action Plan

Recommended actions and proposed guidelines for climate change adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region

The Baltadapt Strategy and its accompanying Action Plan on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region were launched and presented during the final Baltadapt Conference. The aim of the Baltadapt Strategy is a connected region with informed actors on all levels, where the specific objective of the Action Plan is to strengthen the capacity for adaptation action at all relevant levels and to enhance adaptive capacity in the region. Both documents are available for download.

The aim of the Baltadapt project was to formulate a Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region, as well as an accompanying Action Plan with recommended actions and proposed guidelines for climate change adaptation. At the final Baltadapt conference "Adaptation to Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region", in Riga (Latvia), from 3 to 4 September 2013 the two final outcomes of the project were presented.

The overriding aim of the Baltadapt strategy is a connected region with informed actors on all levels responding to climate change in a way that ensures prosperity, competiveness, as well as clean water, and rich and healthy wildlife.

The overriding goal of the Baltadapt Action Plan - Recommended actions and proposed guidelines for climate change adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region, is to promote the implementation of the Baltic Sea Region Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change and to specify priority activities for the macro-region in the field of adaptation to climate change impacts. Both, the Strategy and the Action Plan have included knowledge of different Baltadapt studies like a vulnerability assessment and a gap-fit analysis. The specific objective of the Action Plan is to strengthen the capacity for adaptation action at all relevant levels and to enhance the adaptive capacity in the region. Adaptive capacity comprises a sound knowledge base, an exchange of information between relevant actors, science and policy, the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation in other policy areas and includes cooperated activities between all actors in the Baltic Sea Region. The Action Plan moreover presents adaption options for the four Baltadapt sectors: Tourism, Infrastructure, Food supply (fisheries and agriculture) and Biodiversity, and opportunities for funding activities within the region The Ecologic Institute was subcontractor of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and therefore responsible for the development of the Action Plan.

Both documents, Strategy and Action Plan are aiming to prepare the ground for a political endorsement of a Baltic Sea Region Strategy and Action Plan on Adaptation to Climate Change. However, the implementation and sustainability of the Strategy and its Action Plan depend on subsequent political endorsement, which exceeds the mandate of the Baltadapt project.

The Baltadapt Strategy [pdf, 3.72 MB] and the Baltadapt Action Plan [pdf, 3.22 MB] are available for download on the Baltadapt website.


Citation

Altvater, S. & Stuke, F. 2013: Baltadapt Action Plan. Recommended actions and proposed guidelines for climate change adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region. Danish Meteorological Institute. Copenhagen.

Language
English
Author(s)
Karsten Dahl (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Sebastian Ebert (UBA, Deutschland)
Inga Krämer (Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Germany)
Ieva Bruneniece (Faculty of Geography and Earth Science, University of Latvia, Latvia)
Kestutis Navickas (BEF Lithuania, Litauen)
Riku Varjopuro (SYKE, Finnland)
Lotta Andersson (SMHI, Schweden)
Johan Alberth (CSPR, Linköping University, Schweden)
Andres Kratovitsh (University of Tartu, Estonian Marine Institute, Estland)
Maxi Nachtigall (CBSS, Schweden)
Anja Skjoldborg Hansen (Aarhus University, Dänemark)
Sonja Otto (UBA, Deutschland)
Laila Kule (Faculty of Geography and Earth Science, University of Latvia, Lettland)
Publisher
Year
2013
ISBN
978-87-7478-636-8
Dimension
64 pp.
Project ID
2100
Table of Contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Building and sharing knowledge about climate change adaptation in the BSR
    2.1. Building knowledge on climate change adaptation
    2.1.1. Research needs on climate change impacts and vulnerabilities
    2.1.2. The need for cost and benefit assessments
    2.1.3. Applied adaptation research
    2.2. Sharing knowledge on climate change adaptation
  3. Mainstreaming climate change adaptation in the BSR
    3.1. Identify key instruments for integrating adaptation
    3.1.1. Key instruments at EU level
    3.1.2. Key instruments at national level
    3.1.3. Cross-cutting issue: spatial planning
    3.2. Including adaptation requirements in relevant legal provisions
    3.3. Integration in other policy processes
    3.4. Mainstreaming: The role of the private sector with a special focus on insurance
    3.5. A toolbox of instruments to support adaptation mainstreaming throughout the BSR
  4. C onnecting the BSR for climate change adaptation
    4.1. Macro-regional cooperation
    Cooperation between countries
    Non-EU countries
    4.2. Sectoral cooperation
    4.3. Participation
    Cooperation at the national level
    Cooperation on local level
    4.4. Research and Science-Business-Policy cooperation
  5. Adapting the four Baltadapt sectors
  6. Financing climate change adaptation in the BSR
    6.1. Transnational financing opportunities for climate change adaptation in the BSR
    6.1.1. INTERREG V - Baltic Sea Region Programme (2014-2020)
    6.1.2. Horizon 2020
    6.1.3. BONUS Programme
    6.1.4. EU Cohesion Fund (CF)
    6.1.5. Rural Development Programmes (RDP)
    6.1.6. EU LIFE+
    6.1.7. European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
    6.2. National, regional and local financing of actions for adaptation
  7. Evaluation and updating of the Action Plan
  8. References

ANNEX
A ) Relevant adaptation projects for some sectors
B ) EUSBSR Flagship projects (non exhaustive)
C ) National and regional strategies / Governance analysis
Abbreviations

Keywords
Climate change, climate policy, Adaptation, Biodiversity, Agriculture, Tourism, Infrastructure, Fisheries, Action plan, Baltic Sea Region