Climate Change Resilience in Small Communities in the Nordic Countries (CliCNord)

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The overall obective of the Climate Change Resilience in Small Communities in the Nordic Countries project (CliCNord) is to build capacity in small communities to cope with the challenges of climate change.

The CliCNord project will examine how small rural communities 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.

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Dina Abdel-Fattah (Principal investigator)
Laurien de Korte
Leikny Bakke Lie
Christer Henrik Pursiainen

Financial/grant information:

NordForsk Nordic Societal Security Programme under Grant Agreement No. 97229.