OrientGate Network for the Integration of Climate Knowledge into Policy and Planning

OrientGate Network for the Integration of Climate Knowledge into Policy and Planning

Source of funding

European Commission

Name of client/donor

Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC)

Overall project value

EUR 643,535


January 2012 – December 2014

Beneficiary countries

Albania | Austria | Bulgaria | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Croatia | Greece | Hungary | Italy | Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia | Montenegro | Romania | Serbia | Slovenia | Ukraine

Number of staff


Many countries in SEE are affected by extreme climatological, meteorological and hydrological events. However, progress in adapting to climate changes is hindered by the fragmentation and lack of coordination of data services, patchy risk assessment procedures and the low uptake of knowledge in climate-sensitive sectors. The OrientGate project therefore aimed to connect climate change policy planners and decision makers with the communities that produce climate knowledge. The project was co-funded by the South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme and the partnership was led by the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change, Italy.

The partners aimed to encourage policy makers; national, regional and local authorities; research institutes; and other stakeholders to strengthen their climate resilience and promote better-informed decision making in line with the EU Adaptation Strategy. Specific project goals were to

  • develop a comprehensive and consistent methodology for assessing the risks arising as a result of climate variability and change;
  • harmonise risk assessment and communication on the part of hydrometeorological services;
  • encourage the use of acquired climate adaptation knowledge and experience in territorial planning and development; and
  • enhance capacity to reconcile the risks and opportunities inherent in environmental changes, including rising temperatures.

The OrientGate project partnership comprised 19 financing partners, 11 associates and 3 observers, covering 13 countries in South Eastern Europe (SEE), that together explored climate risks faced by coastal, rural and urban communities, contributing to a better understanding of the impacts of climate variability and climate change on water regimes, forests and agro-ecosystems. The project focused on mapping the various methodologies, tools and indicators used by meteorological services across SEE. The results were used to create the OrientGate Data Platform, which provides a single entry point for a wide range of users, including scientists, experts and policy makers. Six pilot studies of specific climate adaptation measures were developed by the project's three thematic centres: Forestry and Agriculture; Drought, Water and Coasts; and Urban Adaptation and Health. The results of the studies have been integrated into the European Commission's ClimateADAPT platform, strengthening the adaptation knowledge base in Europe.

Within the partnership, the REC was responsible for communication activities, including the design and maintenance of the project website and the production of six issues of the project newsletter and 10 leaflets in English and national-language versions. The REC was also coordinator of Pilot Study 6: Urban adaptation in two Hungarian municipalities, carried out by the project's Thematic Centre on Urban Adaptation and Health. All project publications can be found on the project website.

  • Communication and dissemination
  • Publishing
  • Events management
  • Awareness raising

Project Publications