Natural hazards and climate change in the stakeholder communication process


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Natural hazards and climate change in the stakeholder communication process

Philipp Schmidt-Thome

Natural hazards are finding their way into national and regional development strategies since approximately the 1990's, as authorities seek to respect specifically harmful hazards in, e.g. land use plans. Multi hazards concepts are so far very rare this context. Climate change is taken up by national strategies mostly from the mitigation perspective, even though financial actors and scientists call for more adaptation oriented approaches. This presentation discusses applications derived from EU funded regional development projects, one identifying and mapping hazards relevant for spatial development and applying those in policy recommendations, the second one on a Decision Support Frame (DSF), which supports stakeholders in the identification of climate change adaptation strategies.

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Natural hazards and climate change in the stakeholder communication process

  1. 1. AstrA Introduction to the project and background information, e.g. ESPON Philipp Schmidt-Thomé Geological Survey of Finland, GTK
  2. 2. ESPON Hazards project <ul><li>European Spatial Planning Observation Network </li></ul>
  3. 3. ESPON- Forest fires
  4. 4. ESPON – Dry spell change - forest fires
  5. 5. ESPON / INTERACT Forest fire projects INTERREG IIIB
  6. 6. <ul><li>Sea level Change Affecting the Spatial Development in the Baltic Sea Region </li></ul>
  7. 7. Winter storm January 2005
  8. 8. Winter storm and storm surge January 2005 Example: Case study Pärnu / Estonia
  9. 9. ASTRA- Motivation <ul><li>New development in climate policy towards adaptation (e.g. Finnish national adaptation strategy): </li></ul><ul><li>New research on climate change impacts (e.g. Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, FINADAPT) </li></ul><ul><li>New possibilities and acute need to downscale global climate change: what are the regional and local impacts? What can be done? </li></ul><ul><li>Recent extreme climate events in the BSR </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging results of the SEAREG and ESPON projects </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging development of hazard, climate change and risk integration in spatial planning </li></ul>
  10. 10. Project objectives – general <ul><li>Assess and illustrate impacts of climate change in the BSR </li></ul><ul><li>Raise awareness of climate change impacts and adaptation issues </li></ul><ul><li>Link climate change adaptation to spatial planning mechanisms which can be implemented by the partners in the BSR </li></ul><ul><li>Recommend suitable adaptation policies and strategies at BSR, national, regional and local levels </li></ul>
  11. 11. Case studies Finland: Espoo, Kokkola, Raahe Poland: Vistula Delta, Gdansk, Oder river Basin Estonia: Estonia Archipelago, Pärnu Maa,City of Tallinn Lithuania: Curonian Spit Latvia: Salaca river basin Germany: Oder river Basin
  12. 12. Success stories (so far...) <ul><li>Pärnu Town decision on postponing flood protection measures until results of ASTTA available </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment of city of Kokkola to use ASTRA results, main interest sea level, floods </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment of Raahe to use ASTRA results, main interest also on ice movements (wind energy) </li></ul><ul><li>Amber tree award granted to SEAREG and ASTRA projects in 2006 for ”outstanding achievements&quot; </li></ul>
  13. 13. Thank you! <ul><li>Philipp Schmidt-Thomé </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> and </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>