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Smiltene will take part in the Covenant of Mayors 2019 Twinning Programme

Amongst over 60 applications received, 12 municipalities and 2 Covenant Territorial Coordinators  have been selected to take part in the Covenant of Mayors 2019 twinning programme.

Smiltene has been chosen to participate in one of the seven peer-to-peer exchanges that will be organised by the EU Covenant of Mayors Office and funded by the European Commission.

Smiltene’s partner in this programme is the municipality of Milos, Greece. Milos has a population of 4,977 inhabitants and is a signatory of the Covenant of Mayors 2030 targets on climate change mitigation and adaptation. They are already implementing their mitigation and adaptation plan, and given Smiltene’s interest in tourism, buildings and energy the match has been quite interesting for the municipality.

Currently, the local authority is planning a preparatory call with both Milos municipality and and the Covenant of Mayors Office project manager to discuss which municipality will be the first hoster as well as the date of the first twinning visit and learning objectives.

Find out more information about the Twining Programme matches in this link.

12 February, 2019
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Our didactic unit is ready to be used!

The current accelerating pace of climate change has become a matter of concern that makes it urgent to act as soon as possible.

The situation has reached such an extent that the scientific community has already warned that climate change is a reality we all are suffering. The current amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere has been exceeding the desirable level for decades, what the planet is capable of absorbing. However, this change can be stoppable and its intensity limited so that the effects are not that damaging. Thus, it is of great importance that countries make decisions and adopt policies in order to adapt to the coming changes and try to slow down the process and reduce its impact.

On the other hand, urban areas play a key role, given that they are responsible for the greatest amount of CO2 emissions, the GHG used as a reference and whose level in the atmosphere is definitely higher than that of preindustrialized times.

For those reasons, LIFE Adaptate project was born in order to contribute to the adaptation of our cities to the impacts of climate change.

Thus, the objective of this didactic unit is to show the increasing importance of climate change and educate the student on the most relevant aspects about this topic.

Either you are a high-school teacher or someone interested in learning more about climate change, feel free to download our Didactic Unit on Climate Change available in four languages.


5 February, 2019
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Cooperation is key to improve climate change adaptation across Europe’s border regions

Europe’s border regions and shared maritime areas are facing increased negative impacts due to climate change, but countries and regions responsible for these areas are already taking action at transnational scale to adapt to these impacts according to the European Environment Agency (EEA).

The analysis ‘Addressing climate change adaptation in transnational regions in Europe,’ gives an up-to-date state of play of how European countries and regions are working together in adapting to climate change impacts in these shared regions, some of which are considered climate change ‘hot spots’ – most vulnerable to changes.

Climate change adversely affects the economy, infrastructure, human health, and ecosystems in these regions and many of these impacts are transboundary.

There are also various EU macro-regional strategies in place, some of which include climate adaptation strategies. These conventions and strategies in many cases include efforts to mainstream adaptation in for example protection and improvement of ecosystems or water management.

Read the entire article in the EEA website

12 December, 2018
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Health benefits far outweigh the costs of meeting climate change goals

According to the World Health Organization, meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement could save about a million lives a year worldwide by 2050 through reductions in air pollution alone.

The latest estimates from leading experts also indicate that the value of health gains from climate action would be approximately double the cost of mitigation policies at global level, and the benefit-to-cost ratio is even higher in countries such as China and India.

“The true cost of climate change is felt in our hospitals and in our lungs. The health burden of polluting energy sources is now so high, that moving to cleaner and more sustainable choices for energy supply, transport and food systems effectively pays for itself,” says Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. “When health is taken into account, climate change mitigation is an opportunity, not a cost.”

Read the entire article in this link.

12 December, 2018
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How to develop a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP)?

A new guidebook on “How to develop a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP)” has just been released by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

The guidebook is divided into three parts:

  1. The SECAP process, step-by-step towards low-carbon and climate-resilient cities by 2030
  2. Baseline Emission Inventory (BEI) and Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (RVA)
  3. Policies, key actions, good practices for mitigation and adaptation to climate change and Financing SECAP(s)

Find more information in the Covenant of Mayors Website.

12 December, 2018
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COP24: Katowice climate change conference

EU leaders arrived last week in Katowice with a clear objective for COP24: the adoption of clear rules to implement the 

One week before the event, the European Commission adopted a strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050 – A Clean Planet for All.

In this document, the European Commission’s aims to make the EU compatible with the goals of the Paris Agreement, and to catalyse a profound societal and economic transformation.

Climate neutrality means achieving net-zero GHG emissions, i.e. a balance between emissions and removals (e.g. through carbon sinks such as forests, soils, wetlands, etc.) of greenhouse gases.

Local action is seen as a key pillar in a European enabling framework for the long-term transformation. Cities have a critical role to drive building renovation and sustainable mobility through e.g. better spatial and urban planning.

The strategy also calls for an improved coordination with national, regional and local governments in order to allow for a well-managed, socially fair and just transition that leaves no one behind.

With this bold vision in their luggage, EU leaders have set themselves a clear objective for COP24: they want to leave Katowice with clear rules on how to reach the Paris Agreement targets.

Read the entire article in the Covenant of Mayors Website

12 December, 2018
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Climate Change Adaptation in Murcia Region

Last October, the LIFE ADAPTATE project met with two other climate change adaptation projects approved in the 2016 Life Programme call in the Region of Murcia: LIFE AMDRYC4 and LIFE HEATLAND, with the aim of seeking synergies and possible future collaboration.

LIFE AMDRYC4 main objective is the promotion of resilience to dryland agriculture climate in Mediterranean areas and its sustainable, intelligent and integrated management, as a basic tool for adapting to climate change based on ecosystems (EbA) and strengthening its mitigating role as carbon sinks, so that they are sustainable and persistent.

LIFE Heatland project directly addresses the urban adaptation to the consequences of climate change, in particular, seeks to minimize the effect of the urban heat island (UHI) by using new pavements with less solar storage than conventional ones, which will contribute to a better quality of life and human welfare. The aim of the project is in line with the “Adaptation Strategy of the EU” because it encourages the implementation of innovative adaptation technologies, and materials more climate-resilient construction.

Find out more about both projects in their websites:


5 November, 2018
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Project consortium meeting in Águilas

In October, LIFE ADAPTATE project consortium met in Águilas for its third biannual meeting in order to share the work done in previous months.

The meeting started with the presentation of the progress of the different actions that have been ongoing since the beginning of the project.

The team also discussed the state of the six pilot actions to be implemented in all municipalities participating in the project, as well as the first steps to be follow during the development of SECAPs.

Lastly, the meeting included a review of the different dissemination and communication activities that have been performed and the best way to reach larger audience was discussed.

The event concluded with the visit to Águilas pilot action location.


5 November, 2018
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Lorca’s pilot action has been presented to the City Social Council

Last 28th of June, Lorca presented its Pilot Action and the works done in the development of the SECAP to the City Social Council . The Council, made up by city representatives of economic, social, neighborhood and professional organizations, is configured as a broad and plural participation body whose purpose is to issue reports, studies and proposals on strategic planning, development local and large urban projects, in order to achieve sustainable development of Lorca.

After the presentation of Lorca pilot action and SECAP, the Environment Committee was invited to take part in the participatory process of the aforementioned SECAP.

21 September, 2018
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Apply now for the 1st Covenant Cities in the Spotlight call!

In order to celebrate the 10th year of the initiative, the Covenant of Mayors is rewarding signatories that have been working actively within the Covenant framework and achieving remarkable progress in their local sustainable energy and climate action.

Signatories will have to submit an overview of their history in the Covenant initiative by completing the application form. The application must include a description of the overall energy and climate policies, and the actions undertaken to implement them.

Covenant Cities in the Spotlight 2018 will award three signatories:

  • 1 small-sized signatory (<10,000 inhabitants)
  • 1 medium-sized signatory (10,000- 250,000 inhabitants)
  • 1 large-sized signatory (>250,000 inhabitants).

Complete the application form before 22nd of September 2018.

Find out more information about the initiative in this link.

20 September, 2018