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Climate Change Adaptation in Practice,
3rd International BaltCICA Conference

18th and 19th January 2012, in Helsinki, Finland

The 3rd International BaltCICA Conference was the closing event of the project, setting the spotlight on examples of applied climate change adaptation.
The questions addressed dealt with the changes in precipitation and flood patterns as well as rising sea levels the Baltic Sea Region is facing. As coastal urban areas continue to grow, tourism is an important and growing economical factor, and nature and natural resources are to be protected, this leads to new challenges: How to safeguard drinking water availability and quality? How to manage riverine and coastal floods? How to design new urban areas and how to retrofit existing ones?

At the conference cities and regions presented their solutions and approaches for these challenges. Several communication tools developed in the project were presented and discussed, laying the ground for further applications. A special light was shed on transnational approaches on identifying solutions how to adapt to the changing climate from a regional development point of view. A focus of the conference was on adaptation in Finland and the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, as well as highlights from Germany, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia, Norway and Estonia.

Representatives of local and regional administration, ministries, pan-Baltic organisations and scientists had the chance to exchange their views and discuss on topics, such as applying scientific results, assessment of adaptation methods, participatory approaches for adaptation and the benefits of transnational cooperation. 

The 114 participants perceived the event as valuable and relevant for their work and research activities.

The conference and the vast expertise of the participants in climate change adaptation offered an excellent platform for networking and establishing new contacts. The conference was jointly organized by the Geological Survey of Finland , the City of Helsinki  and the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (Aalto University).





Morning Session

Climate change adaptation in Finland and the Helsinki Metropolitan Region

Helsinki City Hall
Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13
FI-00099 Helsinki


Welcome speeches

Pekka Sauri (Deputy Mayor for Public Works and Environmental Affairs, Helsinki)
Elias Ekdahl (Director General, Geological Survey of Finland)
Johannes Klein (BaltCICA Project Coordinator, Geological Survey of Finland)


Climate change – a Finnish perspective

Mikko Alestalo (Finnish Meteorological Institute)


From emergence of adaptation policy to challenges of implementation

Sirkku Juhola (Aalto University, Centre for Urban and Regional Studies)





The Adaptation Strategy for the Helsinki Metropolitan Area

Susanna Kankaanpää (Helsinki Regional Environmental Services Authority)


Adaptation in Helsinki and it's costs and benefits

Jari Viinanen (City of Helsinki Environment Centre)




Afternoon Session I

Decisions, costs and benefits



Economic perspectives of climate change adaptation – balancing threats and opportunities

Adriaan Perrels (Finnish Meteorological Institute)


Natural hazards and adaptation: a framework evaluating costs and benefits

Diego Rybski (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)


Multi Criteria Decision Analysis, coastal protection, climate change

Philipp Schmidt-Thomé (Geological Survey of Finland)


Legislation, economics and science - Climate change in Riga

Andris Locmanis (Riga)




Afternoon Session II

Citizen and stakeholder involvement for adaptation



Development and evaluation of climate change adaptation measures in flood prone  areas of Klaipeda city

Edvinas Stonevicius, Egidijus Rimkus, Justas Kazys (Vilnius University)


How to involve stakeholders and citizens in climate adaptation – the Kalundborg strategy

Bjørn Bedsted and Søren Gram (Danish Board of Technology)


Southern Beaches - adaptation for a Baltic Sea bathing destination

Holger Janssen (Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research)


Attractive beach and safe drinking water - How to deal with climate change in Klaipeda District

Jonas Satkunas, Jurga Arustiene (Lithuanian Geological Survey)


Morning Session Networks for climate change adaptation  
9.00-9.30 Ilmasto-opas / Climate Guide Network Juha A. Karhu, (Finnish Meteorological Institute)
9.30-10.00 Bergen: many projects, one process Ove Langeland (Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research)
10.00-10.30 Top Down or Bottom up? -Different approaches to push forward adaptation measures in the Metropolitan Region of Hamburg Prof. Jörg Knieling, Philipp Schuster (HafenCity University Hamburg)


11.00-11.30 An Adaptation Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region? The BALTADAPT Project Cristina Alionte Eklund (Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute)
11.30-12.00 Transnational learning among BaltCICA case studies Stefanie Lange, Lisa Van Well (Nordic Centre for Spatial Development)
12.00-12.30 North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve – a joint exhibition concept for climate change adaptation Andris Urtans (North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve)


Afternoon Session Knowledge generating for climate change adaptation  
13.30-14.00 Tampere – City planning, geology and climate change Petri Jokinen (City of Tampere)
14.00-14.30 Island of Falster - balancing between flood risks and saltwater intrusion Klaus Hinsby (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland)


15.00-15.30 Hanko – safe drinking water and climate change – the role of groundwater modelling Samrit Luoma, Birgitta Backman (Geological Survey of Finland)
15.30.-16.00 West Estonian coast - climate change adaptation measures for low lying coastlines Sten Suuroja (Estonian Geological Survey)
16.00-16.30 Summing up - looking beyond BaltCICA  

The Deputy Mayor for Public Works and Environmental Affairs in Helsinki, Pekka Sauri, opens the conference. (Photo: Jari Väätäinen)


The Deputy Mayor for Public Works and Environmental Affairs in Helsinki, Pekka Sauri, opens the conference. (Photo: Jari Väätäinen).

Elias Ekdahl, Director General of the Geological Survey of Finland, welcomes the participants of the conference. (Photo: Jari Väätäinen)


Elias Ekdahl, Director General of the Geological Survey of Finland, welcomes the participants of the conference. (Photo: Jari Väätäinen).

Jaari Viinanen, Environmental Centre of the City of Helsinki (Photo: Jari Väätäinen)

Jaari Viinanen, Environmental Centre of the City of Helsinki (Photo: Jari Väätäinen).

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