The Baltic Climate project is a part of the European Union’s Baltic Sea Programme. The programme includes 11 countries surrounding the Baltic Sea, co-operating to protect and improve the condition of the Baltic Sea area.
The Baltic Climate project will investigate the effects of land use and regional development on climate change abatement at the municipal and city level, including the following aspects:
In addition to its German principal partner, the ARL Academy of Spatial Research and Planning, the project includes 23 partners from Finland, Germany, Sweden, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland. The partners are municipalities, cities, regional officials and experts on climate change or sustainable development. They will also compare strategies for sustainable development between different countries. The Finnish partners are the Regional Council of Central Finland, Jyväskylä Regional Development Company Jykes Ltd and the Central Finland Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment. The project’s target areas in Central Finland are the municipalities of the Äänekoski-Jyväskylä-Jämsä development corridor. The project aims to accommodate regional economy and planning to climate change and to abate climate change. The main emphasis is on traffic and housing and on helping companies and business life to adjust to climate change. The project seeks to improve the attractiveness and competitiveness of the region while not overlooking climate issues
Climate change means changes in the environment in which entrepreneurs and companies act. Each individual and entrepreneur will have to face the impacts of climate change. Although these impacts are often associated with problems, many of them can also create new opportunities for business.
Key results generated by the activities in the BalticClimate toolkit include new, innovative business ideas which cover both mitigation and adaptation aspects.