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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
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Apply now for the European Green Capital and Green Leaf Awards!

European Green Capital Award

Starting in 2010, one European city (with 100,000+ inhabitants) is selected every year as the European Green Capital of the year. This award is given to a  city that has achieved several high environmental standards, is committed to ongoing and ambitious goals for further sustainable development and can act as a role model to inspire other cities and promote best practices to all other European cities.

European Green Leaf Award

The European Green Leaf Award is given to towns and cities with populations between 20,000 to 100,000 citizens, for their environmental achievements and their potential to act as ‘green ambassadors’ for smaller cities.

What are the benefits for winning those Awards?

Applying for these Awards could give you the opportunity to receive expert feedback and guidance on your city’s approach to Climate Change Mitigation, Climate Change Adaptation, Sustainable Urban Mobility, Sustainable Land Use, Nature, Biodiversity, Air Quality, Noise, Waste  and Water, among others.

Apply by 18 October 2018, 16:00 (CEST).

Find out more in this link

20 September, 2018
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Smiltene begins the reconstruction and cleaning of the Lake Vidusezera

Smiltene municipality has already hired the company “Geo Consultants” for developing the technical project “Reconstruction of hydro technical structure of Lake Vidusezera and lake cleaning in Smiltene”. The deadline for technical project is the middle of November. The company has already made Geological and Geotechnical research. During the research, the geological structure of the area was determined to a depth of 11.0 meters, as well as the composition of natural and artificial soil. The sediment samples for determination of organic matter were removed in Vidusezere water area and 2 complex samples for determination of the content of heavy metals and petroleum products. The analysis was carried out in the accredited laboratory and results of sediment habe been analyzed. The municipality also had meetings with the tehnical project manager, specialists to discuss the methods of restoration of sluice and the most effective method of cleaning the lake.

Smiltene project  team is planning to meet ltd “Ekodoma” in September to discuss  about the development of  it Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP).

20 September, 2018