ASTRA conference Klaipeda, 18-19 May 2006

The first international ASTRA conference "Are we prepared to cope with climate changes?- Consequences of the winter storm 2005" took place in Klaipeda.

This conference was organized as a joint activity of two projects - "Developing Policies and Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region"(ASTRA) and "Awareness Raising Campaign on Climate Change".
The conference was financed and supported by the BSR Interreg IIIB Neighborhood Program, the British Embassy in Lithuania and Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania.

Aimed at raising awareness on climate change in the Baltic Sea Region, the conference used the winter storm 2005 to discuss climate change impacts in the region. Over 70 representatives of science and research institutions, local authorities, non-governmental organizations and companies from Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, United Kingdom and United States of America participated.

The first series of workshops focussed on:

The European dimension of climate change was a major focal point of the conference. Starting from the overview of the EU climate change policy, delegates learnt about other European climate change related projects carried out in Europe. The third session of the conference concentrated mainly on climate change and spatial planning issues. Participants of the conference learnt about general principles of strategic and spatial planning in Lithuania, as well as management of the Lithuanian coast of the Baltic Sea.

Two workshops were also organised for the second day of the conference:
A full version of the conference report and the presentations held will be available at the end of June 2006 here.


  • Conference Programme (PDF)

  • Conference Report(PDF)


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