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Frontpage News 2014 Helping Estonia adapt to climate change

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Helping Estonia adapt to climate change

Funding is now available for the development of strategies and measures for adapting to climate change in Estonia.

For Estonia, improving the current status of its marine and inland waters is a priority. Around 74% of Estonian rivers, 50% of lakes, and only two coastal water areas out of 16 can be defined as having good environmental status. The aim of the programme is to assist Estonia in achieving good environmental status in its marine and inland waters. This is in line with Estonia’s obligations deriving from EU marine and inland water legislation and the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

One aspect of the programme is to help Estonia develop a strategy and measures for adaptation to climate change. A third call for proposals is now open to contribute to the Estonian Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (NAS) and Action Plan.

What is supported?

The EEA grants will fund the development of strategies and measures for adapting to climate change in Estonia and must meet the following requirements:

  • It must take into account the objectives outlined in the Estonian ‘Integrated marine and inland water management’ programme, and;
  • It must meet the requirements set out by the European Commission in ‘Guidelines on developing adaption strategies’.

To this end, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway provide €819 708 through the EEA Grants.

Who can apply?

Estonian non-profit associations and foundations (including NGOs) and research organisations are eligible to apply for funding. 

Project partnerships with non-profit associations and foundations (including NGOs) and research organisations from the donor countries – Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – are encouraged. Estonian, Russian or entities from the beneficiary countries can also be project partners.

Information days

More information about the call and possibilities for partnerships will be presented in Tallinn 10 September and in Tartu 19 September.

When is the deadline?

The application deadline is 13 October 2014.

Programme operator

The ‘Integrated marine and inland water management’ programme is run by the Estonian Ministry of the Environment.  The Norwegian Environment Agency is involved in the programme as a donor programme partner.

Read the full call text on the website of the programme operator for more information

Read more about the Estonian ‘Integrated marine and inland water management’ programme here

Read more about open calls for proposals in Estonia and other beneficiary countries in our calls calendar