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‘Coping with Climate Change’ - 2nd International BaltCICA conference was held in Bergen

The 2nd International BaltCICA conference took place on the 11th and 12th of May 2011 in Bergen, Norway. In cooperation with the MARE project, the conference gathered about 100 participants representing cities, municipalities and regions as well as ministries, universities, research institutes and associations from European countries, mainly from the Baltic Sea Region.

Under the title ‘Coping with Climate Change’, the conference focused on three particular challenges:

  • Tools and method for designing and implementing climate change adaptation measures,
  • Strategies for participation and stakeholder involvement in climate change adaptation processes and
  • Coordination of adaptive action in metropolitan areas and city regions.

Politicians and practitioners presented inspiring examples of strategic approaches to climate change adaptation and implementation processes of adaptation measures. A number of questions were raised in governance related presentations (who, what and how), which underlined adaptation as a challenge calling for multilevel approaches and mixed instruments (regulatory and formal). It was emphasised that imbedded in strategies and policy documents, adaptation to climate change need to be taken into account in all sectors, at all levels.

The responsibility of developed countries was stressed in helping other countries that are exposed to impacts of climate change already today or in the near future. Being able to tackle the risk accompanied by climate change was presented as being challenging for insurance companies and calls for adjustments not only in the society but also in the insurance system.    

Bergen, as a liveable city and very active in climate change adaptation work, has been a perfect host.  

Contributions to the conference:


Part I: Making the case for Bergen

Welcome to Bergen 
Commissioner for Urban development, Climate and Environmental affairs in the city of  Bergen: Lisbeth Iversen

BaltCICA in the Baltic Sea Region

Project coordinator Johannes Klein, Geological Survey of Finland

Climate change – globally and Bergen case

Prof. Helge Drange, University of Bergen, Norway

Climate change adaptation in Bergen – policy perspective and adaptation measures

Commissioner for Urban development, Climate and Environmental affairs in the city of Bergen: Lisbeth Iversen

Climate Change – presentation of the Climate Council in Hordaland

Gudrun Mathisen on behalf of County Chief Executive Paul Nilsen
11.30 – 12.00
Climate change adaptation - current initiatives in the international context
Prof. Karen O’Brien, University of Oslo, IPCC expert to AR5

Climate Change Adaptation globally and in Norway

State Secretary Heidi Sørensen, Ministry of Environment


Afternoon plenary sessions, 11.5.2011, 13.30-16.30


Part II: Adaptation tools and methods

The Foresight approach to climate change adaptation in the Baltic Sea region

Ove Langeland, Jan Erling Klausen, NIBR

The MARE toolbox, reducing the uncertainty in managing future flooding

John Blanksby, University of Sheffield

Climate change in Baltic Sea region – introduction to a tool for regions to mitigate and adapt

Hannu Koponen, Regional Council of Central Finland


Part III: Participation and stakeholder involvement in climate change adaptation – scenario workshop and policy making


Kalundborg (Denmark) citizens vote on climate change adaptation  

Søren Gram, Bjørn Bedsted, Danish Board of Technology

Posters and Coffee break


Experiences from Klaipeda, Lithuania

Vaiva Ramanauskienė, Environmental Centre for Administration and Technology Lithuania

One spot, three processes - Climate change adaptation in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Holger Janssen, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde


Morning plenary session, 12.5.2011


Part IV: Adaptation planning in a metropolitan context


Adaptation planning in the metropolitan region of Helsinki

Susanna Kankaanpää, Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority

Climate Adaptation Governance in Metropolitan Regions. The Metropolitan Region of Hamburg

Prof. Jörg Knieling, HafenCity University Hamburg

The shifting sands of flood risk management in England and their impact on city governments

John Blanksby, University of Sheffield

Posters and Coffee break


Multi-Layer Safety in Dordrecht

Ellen Kelder, Gemeente Dordrecht, Lead partner MARE

Climate adaption strategies and development to an environmental friendly city - the holistic approach at the example of City of Hannover

Paul Burkhard Schneider, Landeshauptstadt Hannover

Climate proofing Rotterdam: Challenges and results of the Rotterdam adaptation strategy

Lissy Nijhuis, Project leader Rotterdam Adaptation Strategy


Part V: Climate change adaptation and mitigation


A changing risk society: Climate change and insurance as adaptation

Tom Anders Stenbro, Tryg

Climate change – impacts, adaptation and vulnerability in Norway.

Marianne Karlsen, Ministry of the Environment (Klimatilpasningsutvalget).



Lisbeth Iversen (Commissioner for Urban development, Climate and Environmental affairs in the city of Bergen) opening the conference

The audience


The audience

The excursion


At the excursion in Bergen