The project ended in March 2013.
The goal of the project BaltClim was to support the Ministries of Environment in developing adaptation strategies to climate change by elaborating a road map. This road map was supposed to list options for overcoming barriers and obstacles on the way to the national adaptation strategies, thematic priorities, and first steps. In order to develop these roadmaps, interviews have been conducted with the employees of the three Baltic Ministries of Environment and the findings have been summarized in a background paper. Furthermore, a thematic seminar, stakeholder workshops and a study tour to Germany have supported knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer.
The project BaltClim revived the dormant processes of developing adaptation strategies in Latvia and Estonia. Despite short personnel resources, the Ministries of Environment could realize first steps, for example the organization of inter-ministerial working groups in Latvia and Estonia, or the tendering of a study in Latvia. In Lithuania, the policy overtook the project goals by approving the National Strategy for Climate Change Management Policy. This offered the opportunity to contribute to the action plan which is under development. Thanks to the BaltClim project, two stakeholder meetings could be organized in Vilnius, discussing aspects of the action plan.

Project activities

  • Regular meetings and exchange with the Baltic Ministries of Environment on a common kick-off meeting in Riga, a seminar in Tallinn and during smaller meetings
  • Elaboration of a background paper which outlines the problems and barriers and options for actions on the way to  national adaptation strategies in the target countries
  • Development of a roadmap for the elaboration to a national adaptation strategy to climate change in all three Baltic States


Target groups of the project

Ministries of environment in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania


Final project report (March 2013, German)
PDF - 2,9 MB

Adaptation to Climate Change in the Baltic States.
A background paper (Dezember 2012, English)
PDF - 1,8 MB

Roadmap for Latvia (Latvian, with English summary, January 2013)
PDF - 1,3 MB

Roadmap for Estonia (Estonian, with English summary, January 2013) 
PDF - 0,6 MB

Presentations Kick off meeting in Riga

(12-13 December 2011)

1. Introduction to the project
PDF - 164 KB

2. Situation in Lithuania
PDF - 132 KB

3. Situation in Latvia
PDF - 208 KB

4. Situation in Estonia
PDF - 1,2 MB

5. Overview about the BaltCICA project
PDF - 1 MB

6. Introduction to stakeholder processes
PDF - 3,7 MB

7. Overview on the German adaptation strategy
PDF - 672 MB




Presentations of the workshop "Approaching national adaptation strategies to climate change in the Baltic States" 

(29-30 May 2012)

Developing an adaptation strategy for the federal state of Hesse, Germany (Dr. Heike Huebener)
PDF - 373 KB

Finland's National Adaptation Strategy and its implementation (Jaana Kaipainen)
PDF - 356 KB

Climate models - what can they deliver? (Dr. Heike Huebener)
PDF - 1.2 MB

The preparation of the National Strategy for Climate Change Management Policy in Lithuania (Diana Vedlugaite)
PDF - 1 MB

Obstacles and recommendations for the Lithuanian National Adaptation Strategy (Dr. Justas Kazys)
PDF - 434 KB

Stakeholder involvement: approaches and practical examples from Germany (Dr. Jesko Hirschfeld)
PDF - 1.5 MB

Communication about climate change on the German Baltic Coast (Dr. Dennis Bray)
PDF - 893 KB

Engaging "the stakeholder" in formulating National Adaptation Strategies in the Baltic Sea Region (Dr. Grit Martinez)
PDF - 1.6 MB

The Scenario-PLanning-Process with the peri-urban region of Rostock (Peter Wibbeling)
PDF - 1.5 MB

Energy and climate change


Matthias Grätz
Project Manager
Tel.: 040/5330 7076
Fax: 040/5330 7084

Project duration


Project Partners

  • BEF Lettland
  • BEF Litauen
  • BEF Estland
  • Institut for Ecologic Economic Research



This project is supported by the  European Union and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety with means of the Advisory Assistance Programme for Environmental Protection in the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.