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CASCADE News and announcements

Kaspars Varpins

Liepaja Municipal Police is chairing the UBC Safe Cities Commission and has been part of the CASCADE project from the beginning.


The Main School of Fire Service (SGSP) is the leader of Work Package 2 in the CASCADE project. The main task for the SGSP team is elaborating the portfolio of risk analysis methodology and the guidelines for integrated climate change and risk reduction management for local authorities.

Elin Alsterhag

Arvika has tested the indicators for the UNDRR Scorecard for City Disaster Resilience as partners in the EU project U-SCORE. The improved Scorecard will be used in EU BSR CASCADE during the training course.

Janet Edwards

Janet Edwards’ full time job is to coordinate initiatives to strengthen the knowledge and use of this United Nations framework. In this capacity it’s important she provides Swedish cities with opportunities for networking nationally and internationally for Making Cities Resilient.


The Sustainable Cities Commission (UBC SCC) is one of the thematic Commissions of the Union of the Baltic Cities. Within the CASCADE project, UBC SCC supports the Lead Partner with project coordination and assists with leading communication and dissemination - meet the UBC SCC Team.

Maria Nykyri, Torbjörn Lindström and Miikka Toivonen

Southwest Finland Emergency Services is the Lead Partner of the CASCADE project and in charge of the project coordination. Additionally their specialists participate in different project activities e.g. communication and developing the training package. Meet the SWFES’ project team: Torbjörn, Miikka and Maria!

Corona virus

The worldwide Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has caused some delays for the CASCADE project. All events have been postponed or cancelled because of the European wide restrictions, although some activities have been possible to organize virtually.

CASCADE pursues to prolong the project for six months.

Sand bags

The first year of the project has provided a good base for moving forward and finalizing the project’s results. The mid-term project review summarizes the findings and results of the project so far (February 2020). Read the mid-term review here.


On 4 – 5 February, the CASCADE project partners gathered for a workshop in Copenhagen. The purpose was to review the components of a curricula for training in the climate change risk assessment methodology for the local level developed by the project. The training is tailored specifically for the local level context in the Baltic Sea Region and will be available for all countries in the region.

Conclusions from policy dialogue

The first Transnational Policy Dialogue meeting of the CASCADE project took place during the Union of the Baltic Cities XV General Conference in Kaunas, Lithuania, 16 October 2019. The objective of the session: “Local perspectives for solving climate change related security risks –joining forces to effectively work with Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation” was to collect input from the cities in the Baltic Sea Region regarding challenges and needs.

Christos Stylianides

Video message delivered by European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides at a panel session on ‘Delivering disaster resilience at the local level’ co-organised by UNDRR and the Committee of the Regions, held on 8 October 2019 in the context of the European Week of Regions and Cities 2019.


“The global temperature has increased, and we are witnessing extreme weather leading to unprecedented challenges … now we need to be preparing for other risks that we have not previously prepared for – every country needs to be prepared for a wide range of risks” stressed Elena Višnar Malinovská from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action opening the first transnational Policy Dialogue meeting in the CASCADE project, 16 October, during the XV UBC General Conference in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Ms. Heidi Tuhkanen in CASCADE WP 3 workshop in Poland

One of the main objectives of the CASCADE project is to increase the knowledge and capacity of civil protection experts and city planners by developing training courses in disaster risk reduction (DRR), including climate risk assessment and the Sendai Framework for DRR. CASCADE WP 3 Leader Hamburg Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) organized the workshop ”Mapping the Training needs” in Hamburg, Germany on 26−27 September 2019. 


The flagship status is a recognition for CASCADE’s aims to improve urban resilience in cities and towns in the Baltic Sea Region, as well as the overall macro-regional resilience. Particular focus in CASCADE is on climate change related risks and adaptation.

Nina Jernberg at ECCA

28 – 31 May 2019, Lisbon, Portugal.  “Not acting is not an option – Climate Change is a current problem and the last four years have been the hottest ever” stressed João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Portugal’s Minister of the Environment and Energy Transition, in his opening remarks for the 4th European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA).

Water ripples
CASCADE targets the need to develop risk assessment methodologies tailor-made for the local level and putting them into practice for more resilient societies.

CASCADE (Community Safety Action for Supporting Climate Adaptation and Development) project kicked off in Hamburg February 5.-7. The meeting was hosted by the Hamburg Fire and Rescue Services.

The objective of the CASCADE is to strengthen the knowledge about risks caused by climate change both macro-regional and city-level. 

Upcoming CASCADE Events


The currently developed curriculum and the associated methods and approaches are tested for the first time in order to receive feedback as well as to provide knowledge and skills to experts.


The CASCADE project mid-term meeting was organized online.


The CASCADE partners continue to work on the curriculum and the associated methods and approaches in a workshop in Copenhagen on February 4th -5th 2020. Read more about the workshop here


The XV Union of the Baltic Cities General Conference “Building an inclusive and resident-focused city. The Baltic way” will be held on 15–18 October 2019 in Kaunas, Lithuania.

During the Conference, the first transnational policy dialogue of the CASCADE project will be held on 16 October 2019. The session: “Local perspectives for solving climate change related security risks – joining forces to effectively work with Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation” will be held 9.30 – 12.00.