Climate change mitigation and adaptation


The main aim of the LIFE LATESTadapt project is to develop demonstration portfolio of nature based and smart solutions for improving urban climate resilience in Estonia and Latvia. More specifically, the project will develop and test a set of measures that will help to prevent and respond in case of pluvial flooding, i.e., flooding generated locally by an overload of the urban drainage system by extreme rainfall.

The new high-potential plant communities will be composed, pluvial flood simulation model and integrated decision support system for measures will be developed and nature-based solutions will be designed. These tools and solutions will be tested in 8 urban demonstration sites of Estonian and Latvian local governments. Green infrastructure and nature-based solutions will be operationalized in local urban municipal planning by co-creation of policy and management options, adoption of nature-based solutions maintenance rules and urban greening plans. In addition, capacity of local governments (planners, project managers and politicians) will be strengthened on developing and managing nature-based solutions and urban planning of green infrastructure. Also, awareness will be raised on adaptation to climate change effects and thriving co-creation of nature-based solutions with the local communities.

The project will be implemented by Latvian and Estonian partners in close cross-border co-operation, and the results will be transferred to other local governments in the Baltic region as well as to other EU Member States.

LIFE LATESTadapt project objectives:

  • Nature-based solutions. New nature-based solutions will be developed and demonstrated to protect, manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems in Estonian and Latvian municipalities.
  • Digital change. Municipalities will be equipped with digital tools for planning adaptation measure to pro-actively respond to floods and other negative effects in case of extreme weather events.
  • Quality of urban planning. Municipalities capacity will be increased in terms of local urban municipal planning of green infrastructure and nature-based solutions.
  • Engaged communities and skilled enablers. Local communities, specialists and other stakeholders’ knowledge-skills and awareness will be raised in terms of climate change effects as well as sustainable and nature-based solutions for solving those problems.

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LIFE LATESTadapt project details:

Project number: 101074438
2 countries and 16 partners
Lead partner: Viimsi municipality
Estonian partners: Haapsalu town, Rakvere town, Võru town, Narva town, Tallinn University of Technology, Nordic Botanical LLC, Baltic Environmental Forum Estonia
Latvian partners: Riga city Council, Cēsis municipality, Valmiera municipality, Riga Technical University, Association Baltic Coasts, Institute for Environmental Solutions, Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development
Project duration: 5 years (09.2022 – 08.2027)
Project budget: 5,1 MEUR

  • 8 demo sites
  • 14 deliverables
  • 33 milestones

Project Funding:

LIFE LATESTadapt project (No 101074438 LIFE21-CCA-EE-LIFE LATESTadapt)  is funded by European Union LIFE programme, who covers 60% of projects eligible costs. Latvian partners self-contribution is wholly covered by Latvian State Regional Development Agency and third of Estonian partners self-contribution is covered by Ministry of Environment Republic of Estonia.

Co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or CINEA. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.