First International ASTRA Conference
" Are we prepared to cope with climatic changes? - Consequences of the winter storm 2005"

May 18-20, 2006, Klaipeda

Thursday, 18 May

09:00 Registration
09:30 Opening of the conference Elena Talockaite,ECAT
09:40 Welcome of the conference participants Mr.Vidmantas Pleckaitis, Vice-Mayor of the City of Klaipeda
Mr.Keith Shannon, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy in Lithuania
Mrs.Lina Virviliene, Deputy Head of Klaipeda Region EPD under the Ministry of Environmnet
10:00 Introduction to the ASTRA project Philipp Schmidt-Thome
Geological Survey of Finland(GTK)
10:10 Introduction to the project "Awareness raising campaign on climate change" Vaiva Ramanauskiene, ECAT, Lithuania
10:20 Climate change in Lithuania Gintautas Stankunavicius, Vilnius University,Lithuania
10:50 Promoting Trans-European Risk Management in the framework of EU's territorial agenda-What about local and regional stakeholders? Andre Mueller, Ferderal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban areas, Germany
11:20 Coffee

I SESSION - Climate change in the BSR

11:50 Climate impact research in the BSR-state of the art Dr.Juergen Kropp, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany
12:20 An overview of adaptation strategies for climate change existing in the BSR Elena Talockaite, ECAT, Lithuania
12:50 The winter storm 2005 as an example of an extreme event- a scoping study for ASTRA Dr.Lasse Peltonen, Helsinki University of Technology, Centre for Urban and Regional Studies
13:20 Questions and discussion
13:30 Lunch

II SESSION - European dimension of climate change

14:30 Climate change and European Union Andrus Meiner, EEA, Denmark
15:00 Adaptation to climate change from th perspective of EU NGOs. Ruta Bubniene, Climate Action Network CAN-E, Belgium
15:30 Questions and discussion
16:00 Coffee

III SESSION - Climate change and spatial planning

16:30 Strategic and spatial planning in Lithuania Ms. Rita Palciauskaite, Land Management Institute, Lithuani
17:00 The Management of the Lithuanian Coast of the Baltic Sea Mr. Gintautas Zilinskas, Institute of Geology and Geography, Lithuania
17:30 Questions and discussion
18:00 Closing of the day
19:00 Dinner Restaurant of the hotel "Klaipeda", 2nd floor

Friday, May 19

09:00 Review and preview of the day Chair: Audrone Alijosiute, ECAT
09:10 ESPACE- European Spatial Planning: Adapting to climate events Bryan Boult, The ESPACE project, Environmnetal Department, The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire, United Kingdom


09:40 Workshop A Workshop B
Scientific Workshop
Facilitator: Gintautas Stankunavicius
Vilnius University, Lithuania
Awareness raising on climate change
Facilitator:Dr.James Hindson
Field studies council, UK
11:30 Coffee
12:00 PARALLEL WORKSHOPS Continuation
13:30 Lunch


Chair: Philipp Schmidt-Thome(GTK) and Lasse Peltonen (CURS)

14:30 Reporting form the work shops and panel discussion with the keynote speakers "Are we prepared to cope with climate change?
16:30 Closing of the conference
19:00 Dinner Restaurant "Kurpiai", Klaipeda


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