The European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA) kicks off on Tuesday May 28 in Lisbon. Here, Amy Oen, project leader for EVOKED, will tell more about how Larvik municipality has used knowledge exchange to improve the decision-making process for urban development in a changing climate.i Lisboa.
(The picture above shows NGI's EVOKED-team, from left: Amy Oen, Christina Ekeheien, Carl Harbitz and Bjørn Kalsnes)

Enhances the value of climate data for decision makers

Presentation and specification of climate data is tailored to the individual user's knowledge and needs. Through a Living Labs approach, risk and uncertainty parameters are translated, and thereby, EVOKED improves the value of the climate data. This means the development of solutions to tackle the consequences of climate change are optimized.

The Living Labs method involves gathering contractors, clients and other stakeholders to discuss possible solutions for a development project. This is particularly important in large scale and complex projects. The project team engages stakeholders in established case studies in Norway, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands. Larvik municipality represents the Norwegian case study and is an active project partner.

Knowledge sharing is the key

In the project, Living Labs methodology is used to encourage stakeholders to share their views on climate change. Through this process, one can identify which data or forecasts call for measures for the current climate adaptation. Involving the stakeholders in the process also initiates other processes. Commitment acts as an innovation mechanism for climate services. This is important in improving capacity to handle climate-related risk.

The EVOKED project focuses on the most vulnerable sectors, such as water management, natural disaster risk reduction and coastal management. Furthermore, emphasis is placed on integrated interdisciplinary research. The project team includes project partners with experience in risk analysis, risk management and climate adaptation in respect to natural hazards.

The team also has broad experience in facilitating dialogue with stakeholders and partners in politics, public administration and area planning. EVOKED therefore contributes to translating existing climate knowledge into useful products for stakeholders and the implementation of climate adaptation measures.