The project “Estonian Climate Adaptation Strategy for Infrastructure and Energy”, implemented by the Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre (SEI Tallinn)
aims to supplement knowledge gaps on climate change impacts, adaptation needs and options. The goal is to help society to better cope with any negative impacts that may arise as a result of climate change and extreme weather events.
In particular, the project targets the infrastructure and energy sectors, with a focus on how to mainstream adaptation into daily activities and ensure that adaptation in Estonia occurs in a coordinated and thoughtful way. The project will include a range of awareness-raising activities for interest groups and the general public on climate change impacts, adaptation options and best practices for implementation.
The project team will produce a comprehensive overview of expected climate change impacts in Estonia, and a list of suitable and cost-efficient adaptation measures. On the basis of the project results, the Ministry of Environment will prepare an Estonian National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and implementation plan, for approval by the Government.
Along with the national government, the project is expected to inform and benefit local governments, state infrastructure and public service companies, and private companies involved in electricity and heat production and transmission, communications, construction, road-building and maintenance, and other activities that may be affected by climate change.
The project is being carried out with the support of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009–2014 programme "Integrated management of marine and inland water", as part of the project "Estonian National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Implementation Plan".
In parallel with SEI Tallinn project, input for setting up the Estonian national climate change adaptation strategy will be also provided by a KATI (University of Tartu Geography department) climate change adaptation project on spatial planning, land use, human health and rescue capability; a RAKE (Research Centre of University of Tartu) project focused on climate change adaptation measures in areas of economics, society, awareness and cooperation; and a BioClim (Estonian University of Life Sciences) climate change adaptation project focused on areas such as natural environment and bioeconomy.