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Climate Change Resilience in Small Communities in the Nordic Countries

How can capacity building in small rural communities be increased to meet the effects of climate change, involving the competencies and resources among the citizens and by new ways of organising support and assistance from authorities, civil society organisations, politicians, and the public?

Climate change is also affecting the Nordic countries, and there are vulnerable geographical areas that will be particularly affected by an increasing number of devastating natural events.

The Climate Change Resilience in Small Communities in the Nordic Countries project (CliCNord) will examine how the small rural communities in the selected areas understand their own situation, how they handle adverse events and build capacity, and under what circumstances they need help from the established system and civil society organisations.

Against this background, a framework will be developed that can be disseminated to other vulnerable communities and authorities with responsibility for ensuring safety and adequate capacity for climate change resilience. The framework will enable both the small communities and the authorities to work together on tasks concerning prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery – all phases needed to secure communities against hazardous events.

CliCNord will include several very different hazards affecting local communities across the Nordic countries. The hazards, which are regarded as a direct consequence of climate change, are coastal flooding due to storm surge, cloudbursts, wildfires, temperature extremes, landslides, slush avalanches, flash floods, and storms. There are in total eight cases in five countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands). The project takes its point of departure in disaster cycle management, and the methodologies are predominantly qualitative and inspired by social science.

Summary

Project name

CliCNord

Status

Active

RISE role in project

Research on forest fires

Project start

Duration

Ongoing

Funders

Nordforsk - This project has received funding from the NordForsk Nordic Societal Security Programme under Grant Agreement No. 97229

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Coordinators

Project members

Supports the UN sustainability goals

11. Sustainable cities and communities
13. Climate action

Contact person

Kerstin Eriksson

Forskare

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Frida Vermina Plathner

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Frida Vermina Plathner

Forskare

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