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Pilot Actions

Municipalities participating in the Life Adaptate project are developing pilot actions for adaptating to climate change with the aim of improving the quality of life of their citizens.

To find out more about these pilot actions, the document Final design of pilot actions is available for download.​

Creation of a wooded area with drip irrigation using treated water.

Core information: The municipality of Águilas suffers from a great demand for water which is intensified due to the incipient growth of the population during the holiday season – going from 34,706 inhabitants to 86,579 inhabitants during summer – and the enormous amount of water needed to carry out the main activity of Águilas economy, which is agriculture. Therefore, there is a great problem related scarcity of available water for the maintenance of wooded urban areas. To reverse this situation, a system has been designed to take advantage of the water resulting from the wastewater treatment plants, which would otherwise be discharged into the sea..

Climate change risks addressed: Droughts impact on society can be very high, being one of the natural disasters that causes more economic damage. The lack of water intensifies erosion, since the air and water drag the superficial particles of the soil, which lead to the lost of fertile and protection layer. Then, the regeneration of the vegetal cover becoming slower and slower. In this context, measures such as increasing the volume of irrigation water and the surface of wooded areas of a territory are essential to mitigate temperature increase and stop the process of desertification, as urban centers are important heat source and these green areas are able to reduce significantly the local temperature, reduce erosion and naturally increase the water reserve of a territory.

Solution implemented: The action starts in the water treatment plant located in Las Mascaras Street (“El Labradorcico” industrial estate) from where a pipeline flows to a water pump responsible to raise the treated water to two 35 m3 tanks using solar power, from where this water falls down (by gravity) to the created within the framework of this project wooded area, which is located at 1.3 km from the treatment plant.

Conditioning and connection of green areas from the surroundings of the Severo Ochoa Square to the Ensanche Park

Core information: The municipality of Cartagena is creating a urban corridor of interconnected green areas that allow the creation and modification of urban microclimates to alleviate the rise in temperature in the environment. It is intended a change in the design concept of parks and public squares, through the removal of hard pavements and introducing trees, vegetation, pergolas and pergolas with green roofing, upholstery pavements and increase the number of alcorques that allow the infiltration of water in episodes of rain.

Climate change risks addressed: The municipality of Cartagena believes that the increase in green areas adapted to pedestrian use can help to reduce the climate-related risks in the daily life of citizens. This pilot action seeks to reduce one or two degrees in the related areas, and change the way we derstand the concept of street by green corridor.

Solution implemented: The pilot action is the result of ingenious initiatives that mitigate the high temperatures in the hours of greater daily insolation to its inhabitants, favouring the infiltration of water in episodes of rain and the fixation of CO2 of the contamination through the vegetation. The creation of shaded spaces will be done with the introduction of well adapted native and allochthonous tree species, expanding tree-beds, introducing pergolas and pergolas with green roofs into the urban furniture, using the same climbing species, together with the construction of benches to rest the pedestrians.

Installation of awnings in Corredera and adjacent streets of Lorca city centre.

Core information: The aim of Pilot Action of Lorca municipality is to develop a demonstrative action to evaluate the results obtained when installing shadow corridors in the city centre of Lorca and to counteract the urban heat islands, whose microclimates have a negative impact on global warming. This action involves the installation of awnings in various crowded street or key routes of the city such as the Corredera Street, creating shaded areas and corridors that improves the thermal comfort of pedestrians, reducing the temperature in the building facades and pavements due to solar radiation, as well as reactivating trade in the months of extreme heat.

Climate change risks addressed: The climate change risks that Lorca needs to face are mainly heat waves and urban heat islands. From June to September is the period of time when the highest average temperatures are recorded, achieving an average temperature of 25º in the warmest months reaching maximum temperatures of 40º in summer.

Solution implemented: The awnings have been installed by means of anchors, which have been installed on the building facades located in the mentioned streets, covering from Calle Corredera to Calle Alburquerque and Almirante Aguilar, and removing part of Pío XXII and Alporchones so as the awnings do not cover the Castle of Lorca views.

Lake Vidusezers cleaning and reconstruction of its hydro technical structure 

Core information: Smiltene municipality pilot plans to clean lake and the reconstruction of hydro technical structure to prevent flood risks and eutrophication process. The Lake Vidusezers is an artificial water reservoir (2.9 ha), located in the middle of cascade of lakes, 200 meters from Smiltene centre. It is eutrophic lake with nutrients and plant growth. The algae blooms are the most visible sign of eutrophication, they occur in Lake Vidusezers in the summer. The hydro technical structure of Lake Vidusezers is broken and sluices need to be equipped with an automatic lifting mechanism for controlling the water level in Lake Vidusezers.

Climate change risks addressed: Climate change increases different natural risk possibility- eutrophication and floods in local municipalities in Latvia are becoming increasingly more important. This pilot action is aimed to mitigate and adaptive these climate change risks. The municipality of Smiltene is in risk by more and more frequent heavy rainfalls and an increasing flood risk in the area. Risk of floods is one of the main concerns for Latvia, because it is rich in waters: the mean density of the river network is 600m/km2, water bodies occupy 1.7% from territory. Latvia has flat surface (98% of the country lies under 200 m above sea level), which makes the country more vulnerable to floods.

Solution implemented: The main objectives of this pilot atcion are the reconstruction of existing sluice structures, to equip with an automatic lifting mechanism for controlling the water level in Lake Vidusezers and also deepening and cleaning of Lake Vidusezers- sowing, sludge digging, average depth of excavation 1.10m. It is intended to lower the water level, clean the water course and deepen it till average of 1,10m. The total cleaning area is 2.40 ha. The shores of lakes (1,400 m2) will be glided and leveled after the completion of work.

Creation of shading areas with integration of renewable energies, projects promotion regarding the creation of a multi-purpose forest and development of a sustainable tourism plan

Core information: Mértola is located in the Southeast region of Portugal and occupies an area of 1292 km2 and with 7500 inhabitants. A large portion of the municipal area consists of forest land with fast growing species and agricultural land, meaning that it is particularly vulnerable to water scarcity and to an increasing number of forest fires..

Climate change risks addressed: Climate change Mértola’s projections indicate a decrease in the average annual rainfall, with a potential increase in rainfall in the winter and increasing the frequency and intensity of droughts. There will also be an increase in the annual average temperature, increase in the number of days with very high temperatures and tropical nights.

Solution implemented: Pilot actions implemented in the municipality of Mértola are:

  1. Covered recreation area with the intention to ensure the existence of shading areas that provide a solution to high temperatures.
  2. Development of a sustainable tourism plan.
  3. Promotion projects regarding the creation of a multi-purpose forest based on indigenous species and promotion of the natural regeneration of these species.

Implementation of a natural lake, creation of shaded areas and projects promotion regarding the creation of a multipurpose forest

Core information: Alfândega da Fé village is located on the southern side of Bornes mountain and has the particularity of being in a altitude of 1000m. It is important to mention that in Alfandega da Fé the forest areas cover approximately 68% of the total area. So, it is particularly vulnerable to an increasing number of forest fires. Due to that, some important plans have been developed, related to forest fire prevention and to the occurrence of extreme temperature events.

Climate change risks addressed: The municipality registers high temperatures and low rainfall during the summer months. As a large part of the municipal area consists of forest and agricultural farmland, it is particularly vulnerable to forest fires. In addition, other climate impacts are identified as extreme temperatures, water scarcity and increased ice and snow.

Solution implemented: Pilot actions implemented in the municipality of Alfândega da Fé are:

  1. Implement a natural lake in order to respond to the great vulnerability of the municipality to the drought’s phenomena and consequent risk of fire.
  2. Create shading areas with the integration of renewable energies with a total area of approximately 120.00 m2.
  3. Promotion projects regarding the creation of a multi-purpose forest based on indigenous species and promotion of the natural regeneration of these species.