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BaltCICA - Climate Change: Impacts, Costs and Adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region

BaltCICA is designed to focus on the most imminent problems that climate change will cause in the quite densely populated coastal zone. Changes in the occurrence of floods (river floods as well as storm surges) and sea level rise caused by climate change as well as impacts on water availability and quality can be expected. Not only the assessment of the impacts, but the development, appraisal and implementation of adaptation measures (structural ones as well as organizational and institutional measures) must be promoted. To achieve the above goals a multi-level transnational approach will be applied. Concrete adaptation measures will be tested and implemented in at least one case study and later on transferred and tested in other case studies dealing with similar adaptation questions. On a pan-Baltic level the costs of higher sea level and increased flood risk will be assessed. A concept for process management on climate change adaptation and mitigation will be developed supported by a meta-evaluation and conceptualization of case study results. Furthermore joint concepts of adaptation will be applied in a number of case studies. Based on the experience and knowledge of the project participants, applicable approaches will be offered to other interested parties with the support of the Union of the Baltic Cities. Thereby BaltCICA is based on results of the previous projects SEAREG and ASTRA.

Within the project the EUCC Germany is an independent partner and involved in the implementation of climate change adaptation measures, particularly in an implementation project regarding tourism and beach management along the German coast (Mecklenburg - Western Pommerania). Based on the scientific results of the project partner IOW (Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemuende) adaptation measures concerted with stakeholders will be developed and implemented for regional impacts of climate change due to changing water qualities in coastal waters

BaltCICA is coordinated by the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) and 24 member institutions from Finland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Norway. The project is running from february 2009 to january 2012 and has a budget of EUR 5,3 million and is supported by the INTERREG IV B - programme of the European Commission.

 

project homepage: http://www.baltcica.org