Finland (GTK, lead partner)
The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) has
considerable experience in assessing the impacts of climate change on
regional development. Besides scientific research, the GTK approach
focuses on the science – decision maker dialogue. As a result of former
project activities, several cities in the Baltic Sea Region have
already taken climate change adaptation measures, e.g. changing
building codes in flood prone areas.
Aalto University School of Engineering /Centre for
Urban and Regional STUDIES (TKK/YTK)
YTK is a national multidisciplinary centre
for further education in urban and regional planning and urban studies.
Over the years, YTK has developed an interdisciplinary research profile
and functions related to post-graduate training. As a national unit YTK
co-operates closely with Finnish university departments and research
institutions active in the fields of urban and regional planning and
urban studies. YTK has also gained a status as an internationally
well-known research institution and preferred research partner. YTK is
a department within
the Aalto University School of Engineering.
Staff involved: Sirkku Juhola, Lasse Peltonen, Laura Nurmi (research assistant, summer 2009)
| Hanko Water and Wastewater
Hanko water and waste water works founded in 1906 when the
first sewer, connecting several buildings was built. This makes Hanko
water and waste water works the sixth or the seventh oldest, depending
on whether you count the one established in Vyborg. Interestingly, the
first water pipeline was built after the first sewer. The reason for
this was that the number of wells in the Hanko area was considered
adequate for the citizens, due to the good quality of the groundwater.
On the other hand, waste water was considered a larger problem, which
was often stored in large barrels, sometimes for several days, before
being taken away. Smelly and leaking barrels caused problems,
especially during the summer time because they tended to attract flies
for example, as well as posed a threat to the drinking water wells. The
length of the first sewer in 1906 was nearly half a kilometer,
connecting approximately 50 properties and finally ending up in the
sea. Majority of the properties connected to the sewer were private
dwellings, although some were government owned.
|Union of the Baltic Cities – Commission on Environment (UBC) Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) is a voluntary, proactive network of cities mobilizing the shared potential of over 100 member cities through out the Baltic Sea. It aims at democratic, economic, social, cultural and environmentally sustainable development of the Baltic Sea Region. The UBC Commission on Environment is responsible for the Union’s work on environmental co-operation, Local Agenda 21 and urban sustainability and functions as the co-ordination secretariat of the entire UBC Local Agenda 21 Action Programme. Within BaltCICA the UBC Commission on Environment is involved in the dissemination of the project outcomes through articles, information events, exhibitions and assists in carrying out trainings and combining training materials. Staff involved: Stella Aaltonen, Sanna Erkko, Sakari Saarinen|
| Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority
HSY Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority is a regional authority providing environmental services for residents and companies in the Helsinki area. The principal duties of HSY comprise water and waste management as well as providing regional information services. HSY has begun its operations on 1 January 2010. HSY is the most prominent environmental body in Finland. It brings together the waterworks of Espoo, Helsinki, Kauniainen and Vantaa as well as the waste management services and the regional and environmental information services provided by the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Council (YTV). HSY employs approximately 800 people.
HSY has a climate unit that coordinates climate strategy work
and monitors greenhouse gas emissions and climate work in the region.
Within BaltCICA, HSY develops adaptation to climate change options for
the Helsinki Metropolitan Area in close cooperation with the cities of
| City of Helsinki
Helsinki, the capital city of Finland, is located on the southern Baltic Sea coast of Finland. Total population is approx. 568 000 inhabitants. Helsinki is the centre of a rapidly growing large metropolitan city area. Helsinki, together with the other municipalities of the capital metropolitan area (Espoo, Vantaa, and Kauniainen), forms a population of over 1.28 million residents referred to as the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. With regard to population, employment and production this is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in Europe while the population density remains quite low.
City of Helsinki will develop climate change adaptation and implementation strategies with the support of regional climate change scenarios and cost assessments of adaptation options. Climate change scenarios include the Helsinki Metropolitan Area scenarios as well as local seal level change scenarios
Tampere is the third largest city in Finland and the largest inland centre in the Nordic countries. Currently there are over 200,000 inhabitants in Tampere, and almost 300,000 inhabitants in Tampere Sub-Region, which comprises Tampere and its neighbouring municipalities. Tampere’s city centre is surrounded by lake and ridge scenery, sited on an isthmus between lakes Pyhäjärvi and Näsijärvi. The Tammerkoski rapids run through the city.
Tampere is one of the BaltCICA case study areas. Departments of Urban Development and City Planning Services are participating in the project. Staff involved: Kari Hietala, Mikko Kajanus, Sakari Oittinen, Ulla Tiilikainen
EGK (Eesti Geoloogiakeskus OÜ, Geological Survey of Estonia) is a government-owned enterprise and is responsible to the Ministry of the Environment. The major goal of EGK is providing geological base information for the government, local authorities and the public. According to its Statutes, EGK performs: geological mapping of land and shelf; general geophysical and geological investigations; compiling thematic maps (e.g. radon risk, mineral deposits etc.) for all Estonia; exploration of mineral resources and groundwater; keeping geological archives (depositories), storing rock samples and drill cores; seismical, coastal and groundwater monitoring; environmental impact assessment of geological processes and related research. In the frame of BaltCICA project EGK is studying climate change impact scenarios and development of adaptation options for West-Estonian coast areas. Key persons involved: V. Petersell, S. Suuroja, T. All, J. Kivisilla.
| University of
The University of Latvia is a classical university providing high quality research facilities and study programmes within the natural and social sciences and the humanities. The University of Latvia named at that time "The Latvia Higher School" was founded on September 28, 1919 on the basis of the former Riga Polytechnic (founded in 1862). In 1923 this school received its now resumed name - the University of Latvia (Universitas Latviensis).
| North Vidzeme
Administration According to the Law "On North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve" adopted in December 11, 1997, North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve (NVBR) is a specially protected territory of international importance. NVBR is member of the UNESCO international program MaB (Man and Biosphere) network. The territory of the reserve covers internationally recognised wood and coastal protective habitats. Reserve is managed by the Administration of ZNVBR which is supervised by the Ministry of Environment.
Territory The territory embraces the basin of the River Salaca with its tributaries including Lake Burtnieku, as well marine area of the Gulf of Riga up to depth of 10 m stretching 60 km along Vidzeme coast. The boundaries of the Reserve lie within Limbaži, Valmiera and Valka districts with the total area of 4500 sq. km and 167.5 sq. km marine area, which amounts to almost 6% of Latvia's total area.
Functions According to the Law on North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve the main functions of the administration are:
- to ensure the protection of landscapes, species and biological diversity of the territory;
- to promote sustainable economic and social development of
| Municipality of Klaipeda
Area – 98 km², Population – 184 657
Klaipeda city municipality council is the governing body of the Klaipėda city municipality. It is responsible for municipality laws. The council is composed of 31 member elected for four-year terms.
- state public administration officers who are not included in
the structural units.
The mission of Klaipeda City Municipality - to satisfy the public demands and interests of the community of the city, implement the right of self-governance, the functions of public administration and public services.
|Municipality of the Klaipeda district|
(ECAT) was founded as a non-governmental organisation in 1997. ECAT‘s mission is to integrate environmental concerns into society and to contribute to common welfare and improve quality of life through practical and sustainable solutions. The Centre supports, promotes and strengthens the environmental activities in Lithuanian municipalities and local communities by providing consultations, training, information, project development and management services on a number of environmental questions. In the frame of BaltCICA project ECAT will have a role of national coordinator and will be involved in the implementation of content work packages.
Staff involved: Elena Talockaite, Vaiva Ramanauskiene, Lina Gelaziene, Audrone Alijosiute
Vilnius University is the oldest and largest Lithuanian higher education institution, establishment in the 16th century. Within BaltCICA Vilnius University activities will cover estimation of flooding induced by flash rain and storm surge in the urban area, selection of concrete climate change adaptation measures and their cost estimation. Staff involved: Egidijus Rimkus, Arunas Bukantis, Kęstutis Kilkus, Gintaras Valiuškevičius, Edvinas Stonevičius, Gintautas Stankunavičius, Donatas Pupienis, Justas Kazys.
| Lithuanian Geological Survey
under the Ministry of Environment
Lithuanian Geological Survey under the Ministry of Environment (LGT) is a national state agency, established in 1940. LGT is obliged to bring to life the policy of the Lithuania’s state for the sustainable development of the country with a purpose to protect and save national underground resources for future generations and to provide the most comprehensive information to society.
The main fields of the Lithuanian Geological Survey activities are as follows: organization and execution of the State geological investigations, State regulation and control of the use of underground, creation of the system of State geological information and accumulation of data, development of international cooperation. The Lithuanian Geological Survey is a member of the Forum of European Geological Surveys (FOREGS) and later – the EUROGEOSURVEYS - since 1994.
115 staff members were empoyed in LGT in 2009.
| Kalundborg Municipality
The Municipality of Kalundborg cover an area of 604 km2 and it has 160 km of coastline. The Municipality has nearly 50.000 citizens and 5000 employed. It is the department of Planning, Building & Environment and our EU-office, which are participating in the BaltCICA project. More info about the nature and culture in Kalundborg at www.visitkalundborg.dk. More about climate and energy in Kalundborg: http://www.cbd-denmark.dk/
Staff involved: Martin Andersen(EU-office), Ole Winther Christensen, Jan Krause Pedersen, Jacop Arpe (Planning, Buildning & Environment).
The Danish Board of Technology was brought into being in order to disseminate knowledge about technology, its possibilities and its effects on people, on society and on the environment.
The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, GEUS (http://www.geus.dk/geuspage-uk.htm),
and advisory institute in the Danish Ministry of
Climate and Energy. The survey also conducts investigations for the
private sector. GEUS is part of Geocenter Denmark (http://geocenter.dk/about_us_uk/uk-main.html)
departments at University of Copenhagen
and University of Århus and member of the network of European
Geological Surveys (www.eurogeosurveys.org).
The Department of Hydrology at GEUS, which is the active partner in the BaltCICA project, works with characterization, modelling, and management of water and solute transport in the hydrological cycle, in Denmark and internationally. An important focus area is the investigation and modelling of interaction between land surface, root zone, groundwater bodies, watercourses, lakes, wetlands, and the sea including climate change impacts on the quantity and quality of water. This is also the departments main tasks in the BaltCICA project in the Danish case study areas of Kalundborg and the Island of Falster.
Key persons involved: Klaus Hinsby (firstname.lastname@example.org), Torben O. Sonnenborg, Per Rasmussen and Lieke van Roosmalen.
| Nordic Centre for
Spatial Development (Nordregio)
Established by the Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio - the Nordic Centre for Spatial Development - is an international research institute with a comparative focus. Nordregio undertakes strategic research and competence development with a view to producing useful knowledge-based foundations for decision-makers at the international, national and regional levels. Regional development, urban and rural systems, demography, governance and gender, innovation and knowledge, global climate change and local adaptation plus international energy policy are the institute's major areas of interest - viewed, primarily, from a Nordic or broader European comparative perspective. Geographically, Nordregio focuses specifically on the Nordic countries, the Baltic Sea region, the Arctic, and on the European space more generally. Within the BaltCICA project, Nordregio concentrates on transnational analysis of governance and knowledge forms including National adaptation strategies. Staff involved: Lisa van Well, Stefanie Lange.
Regional Research (NIBR)
is an independent social science research centre whose mission is to develop urban and regional research as an inter- and multidisciplinary field of study with a global perspective. NIBR undertakes analyses of social conditions and societal changes in urban and rural areas, and across regions, sectors and levels; analyses of regional development and innovation, housing and city planning and management, and the development of democracy and welfare within and across local communities; territorial analyses of society, coupled with studies of sustainable development.
NIBR is one of Norway’s environmental research institutes and conducts studies which promote society’s ability to tackle environmental challenges and social problems thrown up by economic growth. NIBR is a member of the Environmental Alliance, a strategic partnership with the seven leading environmental research institutions in Norway. NIBR is also partner in the Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research(CIENS) which is a strategic research collaboration between independent research institutes and the University of Oslo. Staff involved: Ove Langeland, Gro Sandkjær Hanssen, Jan Erling Klausen, Marte Winsvold.
| Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research
The Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) is an independent research institution specializing in interdisciplinary study of coastal oceans and marginal seas. In particular, our work focuses on the Baltic Sea ecosystem. Within BaltCICA the IOW will conduct an impact study along the coastline of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania [Link to CSA description]. Adaption measures will be developed in co-operation with EUCC-Germany, States Agency for Environment and Nature and other stakeholders. Staff involved: Oda Störmer, Holger Janßen, Dr. Gerald Schernewski
HafenCity University/Institute for Urban-, Regional- and Environmental Planning (HCU) The HafenCity University (HCU) was established in 2006 by consolidating four different faculties of three different academic institutions in Hamburg. With its unique focus on architecture, built environment and metropolitan development, the HCU emphasizes the important role of metropolitan regions in future development. It sets its values especially on interdisciplinary approaches and visions.
|> EUCC – The Coastal Union
The EUCC Germany was established in 2002 to promote costal
conservation through Integrated Costal Zone Management (ICZM) in
Germany. By providing information, consults and education, and hosting
workshops, conferences and demonstrations EUCC works to bridge the gap
between science and practice. EUCC Germany also works to further
international awareness of Germany’s ICZM activities and is the German
branch of the EUCC Costal and Marine Union International, the worlds
largest NGO in the field of Costal Conservation. Within BaltCICA the
EUCC is 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. Staff involved: Susanne
Schumacher, Lara Wever, Nardine Stybel
| Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
PIK addresses crucial scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts and sustainable development. Researchers from the natural and social sciences work together to generate interdisciplinary insights and to provide society with sound information for decision making. The main methodologies are systems and scenarios analysis, quantitative and qualitative modeling, computer simulation, and data integration.