CRIGiS Closing Event - Brief summary
The closing event of the project EEA-C12-13, "Vulnerability and Impact Studies on Tourism and Critical Infrastructure (CRIGiS)” was organised on 8 December, 2015 in the banquet hall of the headquarters of the Hungarian Meteorological Service. Presentations gave an overview of the project's progress, and introduced the newly created methodology as well as the obtained results. The event provided a good opportunity to discuss a number of questions.
The event was opened by Ms. Zita Bihari, project coordinator (Hungarian Meteorological Service). Then, participants were greeted by Ms. Tove Skarstein from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Hungary.
After the opening speeches Ms. Zsuzsanna Iványi (Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe) introduced the main elements of the EEA Funds Adaptation to Climate Change Programme.
Mr. Eirik J. Førland from the Norwegian Meteorological Service has talked about the challenges relating to climate change in Norway, and gave some perspectives on possible adaptation possibilities.
Ms. Zita Bihari (Hungarian Meteorological Survey) has talked about the background and implementation of the CRIGiS project as well as the difficulties encountered during implementation.
Ms. Mónika Lakatos and Ms. Gabriella Szépszó spoke about data provided by the Hungarian Meteorological Service for the implementation of CRIGiS. The speakers covered the indicators used in the assessments as well as their creation process.
Ms. Anna Páldy (National Centre for Public Health) gave a presentation about elevated death rates due to heat waves. She summarised the current situation as well as gave an outlook in light of climate change.
The Hungarian Ministry of Interior’s Directorate General for Disaster Management’s main role in the project was to research the impacts of extreme weather on road accidents. Ms. Erika Czikora Balázs presented the main steps of methodology development.
The results were presented by Mr. Gergely Sápi (firefighter lieutenant, Directorate General for Critical Infrastructure Coordination). He showed maps, illustrating the current situation as well as the expected changes.
Linkages between tourism and climate change were first covered by Mr. Attila Kovács from the University of Szeged. As part of his research work he modified the TCI (Touristic Climate Index), based on on-going measurement results and questionnaire surveys.
This topic was then taken further by Mr. Ákos Németh (Hungarian Meteorological Survey), who introduced his research results based on CIT (second generation touristic climate index). He defined indexes for three main types forms of tourism: water-side, cycling and city tourism.
Finally Balázs Forman, an expert from the E-Government Foundation spoke about the role of climatic aspects in the vacation and travel planning decisions of Hungarian consumers.