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Activities and outcomes of the BaltCICA in Klaipeda district case study area


1. Pre-foresight

 

Klaipeda District covers 133,6 thou. ha, out of which 53% is arable land, 24% - forests, 13% - urban area, 10% - water banks. About 50000 inhabitants live in the district (65% - rural, 35% - urban population).


BaltCICA project activities in Klaipeda district case study area will focus on 2 issues:


1. Climate change impacts on groundwater levels and hydrochemical composition;
2. Development of the detailed plan of Karkle beach infrastructure (spatial planning) taking into consideration possible climate change impacts.


Klaipeda district is known as land of four waters (Baltic Sea, Curonian Lagoon, Minija River and lakes). Big attention is also paid to the groundwater resources. Groundwater for public water supply is extracted from 4 different aquifers. The quality of groundwater is considered as good. However, several risk zones are identified. (Fig. 1)

 

Fig. 1. Groundwater supply in Klaipeda city and district.

 

Karkle village was settled by the Baltic Sea in the end of the 15th century and is one of the oldest and biggest historical coastal villages. Over the centuries village has preserved its ethnographic originality. The values of cultural heritage merge with the local nature of the coasts. Karkle beach is sensitive area because it borders with Seaside regional park, is near Natura 2000 areas, seeks for the Blue flag. BaltCICA project activities will help to take climate change into account while carrying out spatial planning at local level.

 

Process carried out in Klaipeda district case study areas consists of 4 main steps:

 

1. Building of scenarios (January 2009 – May 2010): assessment of consequences of climate change and visual presentation of assessment results.

 

2. Development of adaptation options (May 2010 – June 2010): based on the assessment of climate change impacts several adaptation options are identified and discussed with local stakeholders during scenario workshops, that lead to the short list of adaptation options selected for the appraisal procedure.

 

3. Appraisal of adaptation options (July 2010 – April 2011): feasibility study on selected adaptation options is prepared and discussed during the second seminar with local stakeholders, action plan for the implementation of most efficient adaptation measures is developed.


4. Implementation of adaptation measures (May 2011 – December 2011): based on the appraisal procedure and discussion with local stakeholders results political decision concerning implementation of concrete adaptation measures is taken.

 

2. Data and inputs

 

Research carried out by the Lithuanian Geological Survey was implemented in two parallel directions. Assessment of climate change impacts on Karkle beach area is completed and was presented during the first scenario workshop in June 2010. This report became a basis for the development of Karkle beach infrastructure detailed plan. This plan is under development at the moment.


Report on the assessment of climate change impacts on groundwater levels and hydrochemical composition is also finalized and was discussed with local stakeholders during the scenario workshop in October 2010. This report will be later updated with simulation maps. Based on assessment results and simulation maps suggestions for concrete adaptation measures will be provided for local stakeholders of Klaipeda district.

 

3. Information transmission

 

Lithuanian Geological Survey prepared clear and understandable for local stakeholders descriptions of the problems analysed in the frame of BaltCICA project (summary of the assessment reports). These documents were distributed with invitations to the scenario workshops. Participants of the scenario workshops were provided with all possible visual documentation (summary of the report, maps of location, etc.).

Information about development of Karkle beach infrastructure detailed plan in the context of climate change, climate change impacts on groundwater levels and hydrochemical composition, as well as outcomes of scenario workshops with local stakeholders was provided in Klaipeda district municipality web page.

 

4. Interaction

 

First scenario workshop with focus on the development of Karkle beach infrastructure detailed plan was organized in Klaipeda district on June 3, 2010. Participants of the workshop represented different departments of Klaipeda district municipality, politicians, Karkle community members, Klaipeda district tourism information centre, Seaside regional park directorate, scientific institutions, etc. (in total about 30 participants).


Climate change impacts on groundwater levels and its hydrochemical composition, as well as adaptation possibilities were discussed with local stakeholders during the workshop that was organized on October 7, 2010. About 30 participants of the workshop represented local communities of Klaipeda district, companies using and supplying groundwater, politicians and Klaipeda district municipality administration employees.

 

5. Output

 

So far BaltCICA project activities in Klaipeda district case study area contributed to the following outcomes:


1. 2 lists of local stakeholders (for Karkle beach infrastructure and water issues);
2. Assessment of climate change impacts on Karkle beach area (report);
3. Assessment of climate change impacts on groundwater levels and hydrochemical composition (English summary , Lithuanian report)
4. 2 scenario workshops with local stakeholders.


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Scenario workshop in Klaipeda district, 3rd June 2010




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Scenario workshop in Klaipeda district, 7th October 2010