The first partner meeting for the CRCC: Making Communities Resilient to Climate Change: Cross-Sectorial Cooperation in Capacity-building project was held back to back with the 7th Annual Meeting of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, 5 October in Helsinki, Finland. The project was granted seed funding from the Swedish Institute this summer and will run for one year, with the final objective to develop a larger project in terms of civil protection and preparation for major emergencies, and consequences of climate change. The aim of CRCC is to establish a cross-cutting cooperation between Policy Area (PA) Secure and Horizontal Action (HA) Climate in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, and to merge civil security and climate change adaptation, along with increasing the cooperation between national and local levels in terms of risk assessment.

Present at the meeting were representatives from Latvia, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Germany and Poland, as well as from the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) Safe Cities Commission and Sustainable Cities Commission, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) Secretariat. The discussions on this first partner meeting touched upon the structure, priorities, synergies and objectives of the project, along with talks around who the relevant stakeholders are.