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OrientGate : Integrating Climate Knowledge into Planning


Many countries in South-Eastern Europe are affected by extreme climatological, meteorological and hydrological events. However, progress in adapting to climatic changes is hindered by the fragmentation and lack of coordination of data services, patchy risk assessment procedures, and the low uptake of available knowledge in territorial development and other climate-sensitive sectors. Several European research projects and other efforts coordinated by the IPCC have recognised the urgent need to overcome the barriers preventing the efficient exploitation of climate knowledge produced by the scientific community, allowing it to be taken into account appropriately in the formation of policies and the development of adaptation strategies.

OrientGate has connected climate change policy planners and decision makers with the communities that produce climate knowledge. The project has explored climate risks faced by coastal, rural and urban communities and has contributed to a better understanding of the impacts of climate variability and change on water regimes, forests and agro-ecosystems. Project partners have analysed specific adaptation needs in the hydroelectricity, agro-alimentary and health sectors. This has resulted in up-to-date climate knowledge for use by policy makers, such as urban planners, nature protection authorities, regional and local development agencies, and territorial and public works authorities.

The main outputs which have been developed by OrientGate are a book titled: “Integrating climate change knowledge into planning - A Guide Book for European Regions & Communities” as well as a set of web tools, designed to provide access to data and metadata from climate observations and simulations and six pilot studies of specific climate adaptation exercises developed by the project’s three thematic centres.

Project information

Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC)


  • Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (IT)
  • Autonomous Province of Trento (IT)
  • Basilicata Region (IT)
  • National Institute of meteorology and Hydrology of Bulgaria (BG)
  • Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works (BG)
  • The Goulandris Natural History Museum (GR)
  • Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (HU)
  • Hungarian Meteorological Service (HU)
  • Environmental Protection Agency Covasna (RO)
  • National Meteorological Administration of Romania (RO)
  • Attica Region (GR)
  • Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (AT)
  • Meteorological and Hydrological Service of Croatia (HR)
  • City of Koprinica (HR)
  • Republic Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia (RS)
  • Republic Hydrometeorological Service based in Republic of Srpska (BiH)
  • Hydrometeoroloogical Service of Macedonia (MK)
  • Municipality Gradiška (BiH)

Associated partners:

  • Region of Puglia – Mediterranean Department (IT)
  • Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (GR)
  • Municipality of Komotini (GR)
  • Veszprém municipality (HU)
  • Municipality of 13th District of Budapest (HU)
  • Office of the Upper Austrian Federeal State Government, Forest Service (AT)
  • Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea (IT)
  • Region Council of Skhoder (AL)
  • Department of Foreign Economic Activity and European Integration -  Odessa Regional State Administration (UA)
  • Vilkovo City Council (UA)
  • Odessa State Environmental University (UA)

Observing partners:

  • Union of Italian Provinces (IT)
  • Federal Hydrometeorological Institute of BiH Sarajevo (BiH)
  • Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism (MO)
Source of funding
SEE Transnational Cooperation Programme (85%), National contribution (15%)

Reference information



Risk assessment, territorial planning


07/2012 – 12/2014

Climate impacts

Droughts, Extreme Temperatures, Flooding, Sea Level Rise, Storms, Water Scarcity


Adaptation Measures and Actions, Observations and Scenarios, Vulnerability Assessment


Agriculture, Coastal areas, Forestry, Health, Urban, Water management

Geographic characterization


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