Developing and demonstrating portfolio of nature based and smart solutions for improving urban climate
resilience in Latvia and Estonia

There is urgency of improving the climate resilience within territories of Baltic local governments, to solve practical urban climatecoping challenges as well as transform the regions to be more resilient in extreme weather events in future.

The overall objective of the Project is to increase resilience of Estonian and Latvian urban areas to extreme weather events, by focusing on 4 specific objectives:

  • nature-based solutions;
  • digital change;
  • quality of planning;
  • engaged communities and skilled enablers

More specifically, the project will develop and test a set of measures that will help to prevent and respond in case of pluvial flooding, i.e., flooding generated locally by an overload of the urban drainage system by extreme rainfall. The new high-potential plant communities will be composed, pluvial flood simulation model and integrated decision support system for mitigation measures will be developed and nature-based solutions (NBS) will be designed. These tools and solutions will be tested in 8 urban demonstration sites of Latvian and Estonian local governments. Green infrastructure (GI) and NBS will be operationalised in local urban municipal planning by co-creation of policy and management options, adoption of NBS maintenance rules and urban greening plans. In addition, capacity of local governments (planners, project managers and politicians) will be strengthened on developing and managing NBS and urban planning of GI. Also, awareness will be raised on adaptation to climate change effects and thriving co-creation of NBS with the local communities. Project will be implemented by Latvian and Estonian partners in close cross-border co-operation, and the results will be transferred to other local governments
in the Baltic region as well as to other EU Member States.

Project details

  • Project Name: LIFE LATESTadapt
  • Project management: Viimsi Municipality, Estonia
  • Funded by: European Union LIFE programme
  • Operational time:09/2022-08/2027
  • Project number:101074438

Project partners

Viru city municiplaity; Tallinn University of Technology; Baltic Environmental Forum Estonia; Nordic Botanical Ltd.; Haapsalu city municipality; Rakvere city municipality; Narva city/ Architecture and town planning bureau; Rīga city council; Valmiera district municipality; Cēsis disctrict municipality; Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia; Rīga Technical University; Institute for Environmental Solutions; Baltic Coasts

Contact persons

  • Anda Ruskule
  • Kristīna Veidemane
  • Agnese Reķe
  • Dace Strigune

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