Research Projects


Municipal Responses to Climate Change Emergencies

Duration: January - December 2008

Lead Partner: Nordregio, Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (Sweden)

The project aims to survey and investigate, in greater detail, the local level responses to climate change in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Italy, Lithuania and Denmark, especially in flood-prone municipalities (both inland water and coastal) in order to identify the main (perceived) challenges and the currently existing best practices.

On this basis the goal and objective of the project is to develop, in cooperation with selected municipalities and other stakeholders, Climate Change Guidelines for Flood-Prone Municipalities specifically relating to the question of how to take the climate change-related civil protection vulnerabilities, particularly rising water levels, drainage issues and the effect of heavy rains etc., into account in municipal spatial planning in a more integrated manner. The project is funded by the EC DG Environment.

Research Partners:

University of Helsinki, Aleksanteri Institute, Finland 

Helsinki University of Technology Department of Surveying, Laboratory of Geoinformation and Positioning Technology, Finland,


Department of Mass Emergencies ISIG – Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia, Italy

Emergency Services College, Finland

Advisory partners: 

The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, Sweden

The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities (AFLRA), Finland

Local Government Denmark, Denmark

Kristianstad Municipality, Sweden

Flood Protection Centre, City of Cologne, Germany

ŠilutÄ— district municipality, Lithuania

Pagegiai municipality administration, Lithuania

More information:

Richard Langlais, Senior Research Fellow

Nordregio, Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (Sweden)

Tel +46 8 463 5422; richard.langlais(at)

Leena Kurkela, Researcher

Aleksanteri Institute

Tel + 358 9 191 23663; leena.kurkela(at)