Adapting to Climate Change
Detailed description of the Good Practice
As a part of ASTRA-project, the City of Riga was introduced to climate change issues and the possible threats relating to it. Due to geographical conditions, Riga is especially vulnerable to climate change but the adaptation approaches have been practically unexisting.
Most important climate change impact risks in case of Riga are: flood risk, storm damage risk, risk in groundwater level rise, hydropower plant dam safety risks, heat wave risk. To reduce climate change risks and to support development of the adaptation strategies at national level and at Riga City's municipality level the following activities have been implemented within the ASTRA project:
• Project participants and involved stakeholders have been acquainted with existing experiences ("success stories") in the Baltic Sea area.
• Participation in the project supported the intensification of climate change research in Latvia and involvement in research and stakeholder networking.
• Experience gained within the ASTRA project has been used to back up the inception of the work on the Latvian national climate change adaptation strategy.
• Existing knowledge on climate change and its impacts has been summed up and discussed at the ASTRA Project Conference "Climate change and waters" held in Riga in spring 2007. The proceedings of the conference were published in a book "Climate change in Latvia" in autumn 2007.
• Winter storm "Erwin" (2005) impacts on the infrastructure of Riga have been studied. The analysis and conclusions were made for each of the different sectors affected and published on the ASTRA project website.
• Sea level rise map for the Riga city was prepared based on the sea level rise model (data of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research generated within ASTRA project) and the spatial information provided by the municipality of the Riga City.
Similar case studies were realized in several cities/ coastal regions of the Baltic Sea, e.g. in Klaipeda, Tallinn, Pärnu, Gdansk and Kokkola.
climate change, coastal management
Objectives of the Good Practice
Objectives: to develop adequate climate change adaptation strategies and policies together with relevant stakeholders, such as planners and decision makers
Timeframe: June 2005 - December 2007
Participants of the Good Practice
The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)
Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences of the University of Latvia
Riga City Council
TuTech Innovation GmbH
Target group of the Good Practice
City of Riga
Funding of the Good Practice
European Union - The Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B
More Details of the Good Practice
Documentation and documents
Geological Survey of Finland
Betonimiehenkuja 4, FIN-02151 ESPOO
Philipp Schmidt-Thomé (Project co-ordinator)
Michael Staudt (Project manager)
Data sources and references
www.astra-project.org (Visited on 24th of October 2008 )