Final International ASTRA conference in Espoo, Finland, 10-11 December 2007

The BSR INTERREG IIIB project ASTRA "Developing Policies & Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region" concluded with the Final International ASTRA Conference at the Geological Survey of Finland in Espoo. The conference presentations reflected climate change adaptation processes developed in the Baltic Sea Region focusing on concrete examples of how climate change adaptation strategies were integrated into local planning processes. The conference served further as a discussion platform on how climate change adaptation processes can benefit from regional development.

Kimmo Tiilikainen, Finnish Minister of Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen, The Finnish Minister of Environment, opens the conference. (photo: Jari Väätäinen)

Main Topics of the Final International ASTRA Conference

  1. How does climate change affect the Baltic Sea Region?
  2. Setting climate change on the political agenda
  3. Strategies for adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region
  4. Examples of climate change adaptation on the local and regional level
  5. The costs of climate change in the Baltic Sea Region

All presentations of the conference are available as pdf-files. The titles of the presentations in the programme below are linked to the repsective files.

Keijo Nenonen, Research Director Keijo Nenonen, Research Director of the Geological Survey of Finland, welcomes the participants of the conference. (photo: Jari Väätäinen)

Philipp Schmidt-Thomé, Project Co-ordinator Philipp Schmidt-Thomé, co-ordinator of the ASTRA Project, gives an introduction to the conference programme. (photo: Jari Väätäinen)

Conference programme

Monday, December 10

8.30-9.00 Registration
9.00-9.30 Opening of
the conference
Chair: Philip Schmidt-Thomé, Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)
9.00-9.10 Welcome note, Finnish Minister of Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen, Finnish Ministry of Environment
9:10-9.20 Welcome note and introduction,
Research Director, GTK
Keijo Nenonen, Research Director, GTK
09.20-9.30 Welcome by the project coordinator Philip Schmidt-Thomé, Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)
9.30-11.10 Session 1: Climate Change Adaptation and Policy Chair: Michael Staudt, Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)
9.30-10.00 Climate Change - What are we talking about? Jürgen Kropp, PIK
10.00-10.20 Planning in a changing climate - ESPACE project Invited speaker: Bryan Boult, Hampshire County Council
10.20-10.50 Towards Climate Change Adaptation - Strategies in the Baltic Sea Region: ASTRA Policy Document Jörg Knieling, Katrin Hilpert, HafenCity University Hamburg
10.50-11.10 Coffee break
10.10-11.30 Spatial planning and adaptation in the BSR - reducing risks or raising vulnerabilities? Simo Haanpää, Center for Urban and Regional Studies, Technical University Helsinki
11.30-12.30 Session II: Best practice examples from Finland Chair: Simo Haanpää
11.30-11.50 Planning in Kokkola: From land uplift to sea level rise Juhani Hannila, City of Kokkola
11.50-12.10 Espoo: How to take flood risk into account in new development areas Merja Kiviluoto, City of Espoo
12.10-12.30 Nutrient load and Climate Change in the Kokemäenjoki catchment area Tom Frisk, Ämer Bilaletdin, Heikki Kaipainen, Pirkanmaa Regional Environment Centre
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.50 Session III: Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies in the BSR Chair: Lasse Peltonen
13.30-13.50 Climate change impacts on city of Gdansk and its vicinity (Poland, Vistula Delta) Zbigniew Kordalski, Dorota Kaulbarsz, Wojciech Jeglinski, Polish Geological Institute
13.50-14.10 Climate change and the Oder Estuary: Benefits and threats Holger Janssen, Gerald Schernewski, IOW
14.10-14.30 The River Salaca - How a Biosphere Reserve reacts to Climate Change/ Riga - a flood prone city? Laila Kule, MarisKlavins, Agrita Briede, University of Latvia
14.30-14.50 Climate Change Adaptation in Sweden & Stockhom Anna Gustafsson, Stockholm City Planning Administration
15.20-17.00 Session IV: Climate Change Assessment in the BSR Chair: Johannes Klein
15.20-15.50 The BALTEX assessment of climate change for the Baltic Sea Basin Hans-Jörg Isemer, GKSS
15.50-16.10 Adaptation to climate change options in Lithuanian Baltic Sea coast region Egidijus Rimkus, Vilnius University
16.10-16.30 Land-use Scenarios and Sea level Rise - Danish Experiences Henning Sten Hansen, Neri & Aalborg University
16.30-17.00 Interaction of Climate Change and Estonian Geology:
The West Estonian Archipelago
Tallinn and Pärnu
Are Kont, Tallinn University Valter Petersell, Estonian Geological Survey
17.00-18.00 Time for networking, recreation, exploring Otaniemi
18.00 Cocktail Diner at GTK

Tuesday, December 11

9.00-10.00 Session IV: Looking Further: New Approaches to Deal with Climate Change Chair: Philip Schmidt-Thomé,
Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)
9.00-9.30 Keynote: Climate Change and Insurances Silvio Tschudi, Swiss Re
9.30-10.00 Calculating costs of climate change adaptation - first approaches Luis Costa, Klaus Eisenack, Jürgen Kropp, PIK
10.00-10.30 Adapting Synthetic Precipitation Time Series Generation to a Changing Climate Ferdinand Beck, University of Stuttgart
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.15 Session V: Chair: Elena Talockaite
11.00-11.20 Climate Change Adaptation in Germany Clemens Haße, Federal Environment Agency, Germany
11.20-11.40 Climate change adaptation on the policy agenda - how did we get here and what are the next steps? Lasse Peltonen, Center for Urban and Regional Studies, Technical University Helsinki
11.40-12.20 Panel discussion/ Summary Country coordinators and WP Leaders, selected key note speakers , stakeholders and politicians Chair: Philipp Schmidt-Thomé/Lasse Peltonen
12.20-13.00 Lunch
13.00-13.30 Press conference (Graniitti room)
13.30-17.0 Field trip Underground wastewater management in Helsinki

The programme is also available as pdf-file.

interested audience An interested audience at the Final International ASTRA Conference (photo: Jari Väätäinen)


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