ASSESSMENT OF CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS AND ELABORATION OF ADAPTATION INSTRUMENTS IN THE FIELD OF PLANNING, LAND USE, HEALTH AND RESCUE MANAGEMENT
The increase in global surface temperature is the most obvious aspect of anthropogenic climate change. It should be noted, that the temperature in Northern Europe and especially in the Baltic Sea region has risen faster than the global average. Climate change challenges land use and urban planning practices, melioration systems, public health and social care as well as rescue management systems. Thus, in a small and vulnerable society like Estonia, an effective adaption strategy to climate changes is paramount. Measures designed to support and foster the acclimatisation must be based on scientific research evidence, carefully considered and well-coordinated between institutions and sectors across the society. The aim of the project “Assessment of climate change impacts and elaboration of adaption instruments in the field of planning, land use, health and rescue management” aka KATI is to elaborate on the programme of the national adaption strategy for climate change in Estonia, proposing and evaluating adaption measures as well as specifying the action plan for implementation in the field of spatial planning, land use, coastal and other risk areas, melioration, human health and rescue management.
The project is led by competent scientists from the University of Tartu, supported by three partner institutions – the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, Estonian University of Life Sciences and the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR). The inclusion of institutional partners enriches the research group with specific knowledge, competence and international experience. Estonian Academy of Security provides knowledge regarding civil protection and crisis management, Estonian University of Life Sciences contributes on the subject of land reclamation and NIBR on the subject of planning and land use, also encouraging transnational knowledge transition in the field of climate change adaption.
The KATI project benefits from a €221 000 grant
from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through
the EEA Grants.