The OrientGate project aimed to coordinate climate change adaptation efforts in SEE countries by building a lasting partnership between communities that produce knowledge and experimental studies, and communities that apply that knowledge.

The project:

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


The core output developed by OrientGate is the Data Platform, designed to provide access to data and metadata from climate observations and simulations, which is connected to the European Climate Adaptation Platform (CLIMATE-ADAPT).

Other project outputs include six pilot studies of specific climate adaptation exercises developed by the project’s three thematic centres; capacity-building seminars and workshops; and a working partnership among the hydrometeorological services of SEE countries. The web-based network makes all project data, documentation, discussions and guidelines accessible not only to the project partners but also to all interested SEE territories not directly involved in the project.