Financing climate action, joint workshop by EUSBSR HA CLIMATE and PA SECURE at the EUSBSR Annual Forum in Stockholm
“Investing into preventing actions pays off!”
The climate is changing and together with the global warming, natural disasters with cascading effects are growing in magnitude and number in all regions of the globe. An important part of the Baltic Sea Region climate change cooperation is the development of preparedness for handling increased risks related to extreme events, e.g. induced by heat waves, floods or storms. It has been shown that well planned, early adaptation actions save lives, infrastructure and money.
There are strong links between climate and security. With an aim to address the complexity of challenges in the Baltic Sea Region, showcase the existing regional cooperation in building up resilience and highlighting the funding opportunities for joint preventive climate actions, HA Climate and PA Secure of EUSBSR organised a workshop for 50 national, regional and local level policy makers attending the EUSBR Annual Forum.
“It is only by working together at all levels – from the local to the global – that we will be able to meet all the complex challenges that we see on the horizon, among them the need for climate adaptation…”
Cecilia Nyström, Head of the Resilience Development and Analysis Department of Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) stressed the importance of knowledge sharing in influencing personal and institutional behavior as well as the importance of joint BSR initiatives such as the “From Gaps to Caps” project.
Dina Silina, DG CLIMA, European Commission, gave an overview on financing climate action by the ESIF 2014-2020, with a focus on funding for climate adaptation. Download presentation.
Erling Kvernevik, Senior Adviser, Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection, provided examples from Norwegian adaptation measures including an insurance system and disaster preparedness and response on a municipal level. He also stressed the need for intensified regional and municipal cooperation and the shift from response to prevention.
Alexander Schenk, Head of the European Investment Bank Office in Stockholm, introduced the EIB portfolio related to climate change and confirmed the institution’s continuing support to Baltic Sea Region’s cross-border cooperation by financing long-term projects in transport, energy, environment, research, development and innovation, climate action and SMEs.
In her final remarks, moderator Paola Albrito, Chief Regional Office for Europe, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction concluded that “funding is an important instrument for addressing the issues of climate change and security… Available funding is not used to its full potential, and if we are not working with climate change and vulnerability, we are jeopardizing our chances in effective disaster prevention”.