Bottom-Up Climate Adaptation Strategies for a Sustainable Europe (BASE)

Our aims

From 2012-2016, the BASE project aims to foster sustainable adaptation in Europe by improving the knowledge base on adaptation and making this information easier to access, understand and act upon. Specifically, BASE will:

  • Compile and analyse data and information on adaptation measures and their effectiveness towards a publicly available comprehensive, integrated knowledge base. This includes analysis of social and economic benefits, sectoral adaptation costs, and policy making implications.
  • Improve and develop new assessment methods and tools for assessing climate impacts, vulnerabilities, risks and policies.
  • Identify conflicts and synergies at different policy levels as well as between and within sectors to highlight strategies for improving policy coherence and effectiveness.
  • Integrate bottom-up knowledge with top-down processes through innovative approaches to assess the effectiveness, costs and benefits of adaptation strategies at different scales.
  • Bridge the gap between specific assessments of adaptation measures and ‘top down’ implementation of comprehensive and integrated strategies.
  • Increase the integration of local knowledge and perceptions of adaptation pathways through novel participatory methods and deliberative tools to create co-designed and effective adaptation strategies.
  • Disseminate project results to policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders to increase awareness of the impacts, costs and benefits of climate adaptation for effective and sustainable adaptation strategies through tools such as Climate-ADAPT.

Case Studies

In order to gather insights from the local level, the BASE project team will examine climate change adaptation case studies from across Europe. They have been chosen not only to demonstrate sector specific issues of adaptation but also to examine interactions across multiple policy levels.

  • The Finnish case study, the River Kalajoki in Northern Ostrobothnia is one of the national priority areas for developing flood risk management due to past history of floods. Moreover, the River Kalajoki needs several types of additional measures to reach the environmental objectives of the WFD. The objective is to develop an approach which can be applied in a systematic, comprehensive and integrated analysis to support planning procedures for both Floods and Water Framework Directive. It compares awide spectrum of measures to identify possibilities to achieve climate proof river basin management plans (RBMP) and flood risk management plans (FRMP).  The approach will be generalized beyond the specific case used for development and testing and documented  as a national planning guidance.

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More information

Mikael Hilden, Finnish Environment Institute, EMail:

Published 2013-08-07 at 14:14, updated 2013-10-03 at 14:28