Invitation to tender for a project on Comparative analysis of the adaptation policy landscape in the Nordic region

28.09.22 | Funding opportunities
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The Nordic Working Group for Environment and Economy (NME) and the Nordic Working Group for Climate and Air (NKL) under the Nordic Council of Ministers call for tenders for a project on Comparative analysis of the adaptation policy landscape in the Nordic region. Deadline for the applications is October 31st, 2022.


Opportunity category
Public procurements
Mon, 31/10/2022 - 03:00 PM
Financial framework
440 000 DKK
Åland Islands
Faroe Islands

Background & Objective

The impacts of climate change are already being felt in the Nordic countries, and work on adaptation is underway. The Nordic countries share many of the same challenges and can also benefit from similar approaches in finding solutions, as described in Nordic Perspectives on Transboundary Climate Risk. Efforts for adaptation are underway, with several of the Nordic countries already having completed at least one complete planning cycle for adaptation, consisting of climate vulnerability analysis, strategic work, planning, implementation of measures and monitoring and evaluation. This report aims to investigate, analyse and compare adaptation progress in the Nordic countries. It should look at the policy and legislative landscape and identify any differences and similarities and analyse the implications of these in terms of progress made. As there is no agreed common adaptation target against which to measure progress, and national monitoring systems are designed in different ways and with different goals, it will not be possible to objectively determine which country has “progressed the most” or “is the most advanced” in terms of adaptation. The analysis should therefore not attempt to compare countries on of how far they have progressed, but in terms of approaches, structures, policy, legislation etc. for mutual sharing of experience and good practices.

Task description

To undertake a comparative analysis of the adaptation policy landscape, including legislative framework, policy instruments and analytical approaches as well as financing mechanisms in the Nordic countries, with the aim of identifying differences, similarities, best practices as well as any key factors influencing the progress of national adaptation.

The analysis should include:

  • Brief history of policy development on adaptation in all the Nordic countries
  • A mapping and comparative analysis of the current status of adaptation in the Nordic countries
  • Mapping and comparative analysis of the policy and legislative landscape in the Nordic countries, including on how adaptation policies and measures are integrated at sectoral level and levels of governance (subnational and local level) also taking into account the role of the private sector in adaption activities.
  • Mapping and comparative analyses of the use of analytical tools (e.g., cost benefit or cost effectiveness analysis, risk analysis) for society as a whole and for individual projects related to climate adaptation initiatives in the Nordic countries.
  • Mapping and comparative analyse of the use of economic and regulatory instruments in the Nordic countries to increase adaptation and reduce risks for property owners
  • Mapping and comparative analysis of the financing of adaptation in the Nordic countries. Including, among other things, access to financing and loan options, mapping and analysis of incentive structures, use of cost benefit analyses, risk analyses and other methods to ensure financially appropriate efforts.
  • Interviews with relevant experts and actors on their views on progress in the different countries (national experts as well as for example experts from the EEA, independent research institutes, local government and/or business actors)
  • Identification of key success factors in different countries, at the national and sub-national level


The tender must be received by the Nordic Council of Ministers' working group NME no later than October 31st, 2022, at 15:00 CET. All documents need to be delivered by this time. Any material that has arrived after the deadline will not be taken into consideration. The decision will be taken in November 2022. All tenderers will be informed of the results. The Project should be started by the end of November 2022, with the report published in April 2023. Deadlines will be further defined in the contract.


The open tenders shall be sent by e-mail to the registry of NME’s administrative body ( * ) using the application form (Application template DK-ENG_NME_Comparative_analysis_of_the_adaptation_policy_landscape.docx) and the associated mandatory budget form. The tender must refer to registration number EPOELY/2208/2022.

It is recommended to send additional appendices that describe in more detail the factors we consider in the evaluation, e.g. a project description and time plan. CVs are sent collectively in a separate file. Tenders can be submitted in one of the Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Norwegian, or Danish) or in English.

*Attention, this e-mail adress is edited since it previous stated the wrong e-mail adress. 

Criteria for evaluation

The evaluation of the financially most advantageous tender will be based on the criteria below with the weighting stated:

  • The coherence of the work plan and methods, that is, the coherence between the objectives (as defined in this request for tenders) and the proposed activities, expected results and budget, incl. coherence of price and time/salary per hour and resources allocated to each activity, including the clarity of methods, innovativeness and suitability of the methods for implementing the task (40 %)
  • The quality of knowledge about the climate adaptation policy field, economic and regulatory instruments, and finance mechanisms (25%)
  • The general competence and qualifications of project workers as well as their previous experience in the field (25 %)
  • The quality and spread of Nordic network with strong anchorage in at least one of the Nordic countries and well developed contacts in the others. A description of Nordic contacts to be used in the project to cover all Nordic countries within the report should be included in the tender submission (10 %)
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