Impact of climate change becomes more obvious from year to year. Weather changes, such as warmer summer and winter with less snow, play along with resulting consequences, such as storms and floods, a major role for spatial and ecological development of regions. Thus, economical losses steadily increase caused by natural events. Furthermore, the global climate change has potential long-term effects on flora and fauna, sea level rise and coastal protection.
Against this background the project "Developing Policies & Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region" (ASTRA) aims to estimate regional consequences of the ongoing global climate change in the Baltic Sea Region and to develop strategies to deal with climate change. This will be done taking into account medium and long-term strategies depend on support of decision makers and stakeholders - regional and local planners included. The ICZM-Oder project is a significant case study within the ASTRA project.
The ASTRA project is running from June 2005 to December 2007, has a budget of EUR 2.2 millions and is supported by the INTERREG III B programme of the European Union.
Project homepage: http://www.astra-project.org