Creation of wooded area with drip irrigation using treated water
Location: Águilas is a coastal city located in the south of Region of Murcia, southeast of Spain. Tourism is one of its main economic activities, so its population range from 34,706 inhabitants in winter season to 86,576 in summer.
Objective: To face some environmental problems derived from climate change, such as drought, insolation and episodes of heavy rain and floods.
Application: It is expected to increase the volume of water that is currently used for irrigation, using treated water for this purpose. In addition, the increase of the wooded area of the city will cause a temperature decrease during the hottest months of the year, besides favouring the retention of water in case of heavy rains. In addition, this action will increase the production and consumption of renewable energy in the municipality, as the irrigation system will be supplied by photovoltaic solar energy.
Connecting green areas of the LIFE program
Location: Cartagena is a Spanish city located in the southeast of the Region of Murcia, in the Mediterranean Coast. There are 214,759 people living in the municipality, being the second largest municipality in the Region of Murcia. The metropolitan area of Cartagena, known as Campo de Cartagena, has a population of 409,586 inhabitants.
Objective: To increase pedestrian green areas in order to reduce health risks related to the extreme temperature that Cartagena citizens suffer during the summer months. This action seeks to reduce 1 or 2ºC in the areas addressed during the project, besides changing the way we understand the concept of greenway.
Application: It is expected to increase the green areas in the periphery of Cartagena with trees, green grass and recreation areas. This action will connect in the future the bike lanes of the entire city and enable areas for leisure and sports to encourage healthy living habits.
Awnings in major streets in Lorca
Location: Lorca is a city and municipality located in the Region of Murcia, in the southeast of Spain. It is the third largest municipality in the Region with 91,730 inhabitants, of which 58,825 live in the urban area and the others in its several districts, distributed throughout the 1,675 km² municipal area, the second largest in Spain.
Objective: To reduce the effects of the heat waves that Lorca suffers in the summer due to its geographic situation and great solar irradiation that affect trade and the health of its inhabitants.
Application: Creation of shaded areas in crowded passage areas of the centre of Lorca
Recovery of an artificial lake “Vidusezers”
Location: Smiltene is a city located in the Vidzeme region, in northern Latvia. The district of Smiltene has an area of 946 km2, with a population of 13,058 inhabitants who enjoy the lake “Vidusezers”, an artificial lake with a capacity of 2.9 ha, located 200 meters far from the city centre.
Objective and application: To clean the lake and renovate the dam on the lake to increase the capacity to collect and regulate rainwater, thus reducing the risk of flooding, as well as preventing environmental pollution and absorbing the heat waves during summers that affect the municipality more often every year.
Climate change adaptation measures
Location: Mértola is a municipality located in the South region of Portugal, with around 7,500 inhabitants living in the 1292 km2 that form the municipality.
Objective: To provide a solution to high temperatures where it is not possible to have natural tree shade.
Application: Creation of shadow areas for recreational purposes in urban areas with integration of several types of renewable energy. Promotion of projects for the creation of multipurpose forests based on indigenous species for the promotion of natural regeneration. Development of sustainable tourism plan, adapting policies, resources and infrastructure to climate change.
Shade areas with solar panels
Location: Alfândega da Fé is a mountainous and agricultural municipality located in the North region of Portugal, and has a population of 5,104 inhabitants.
Objective: Find a solution to their great vulnerability to the risks of fires and droughts.
Application: Creation of shading areas with the integration of renewable energies. Projects promotion regarding the creation of a multi-purpose forest based on indigenous species and promotion of the natural regeneration of these species. Construction of a natural lake in order to promote environment cooling, irrigation of agricultural areas and to support forest fires fight.