Within the Framework Action Plan for the adaptation of the SUDOE territory to climate change, and after compiling an inventory of all the project resources to be capitalised, the ADAPTACLIMA II project aims to implement four common pilot projects, as outlined by the project’s technical committee, for the purpose of utilising the experience and skills of its partners and endowing the project with a more transversal approach. Each pilot project is headed by one of the partners, who will be responsible for its implementation and for organising the cooperation among the partners
Map viewer of landscape changes produced by climate change.
The Regional Government of Andalusia will deploy this multi-temporal viewer of alterations to the landscape produced by climate change. This application will include data on various scenarios in the ADAPTACLIMA II member regions, including current photographs of key areas and other tools for displaying climate effects and transformations. Landscape types will be compiled using a range of different variables such as climate and changes in vegetation, land use, physiognomic units, etc.
The aim is to raise awareness in a highly visual manner among the public of the fallout caused by climate change, and to obtain an up-to-date image of the climate and its possibilities, in addition to the distribution of the migration and global exchange of landscapes.
This initiative by the Association of Sustainable Municipalities in Cantabria (MMS) consists of implementing a series of measures –many of which derive from the work in the ADAPTACLIMA project– for adapting Cantabria’s Protected Nature Areas to climate change.
The laboratory covers actions in all the sectors of interest:
- Agriculture. Adapting the choice of crops and sowing periods to new climate conditions; programme to monitor the status of underground water resources (aquifers) and water harvesting study.
- Fishing. Implementation of integrated management systems for fishing guilds.
- Forestry. Plan for the progressive substitution of eucalyptus reforestations with other alternative species with lower water demands, plan for the use of forest residues (biomass) for energy production, and plan for the use of forest micro-reserves for the protection of beech and alder stands.
- Natural environment. Programme for the surveillance and monitoring of non-native invasive species.
- Coasts. Implementation of integrated management systems on beaches; reordination of land uses in coastal areas in view of the alterations in the environment provoked by climate change.
- Tourism. Development and implementation of a planning model for the tourism sector adapted to the changes.
- Carbon footprint. Application to farming, livestock, fishing and tourism sectors.
In addition, several actions will be implemented for sector-wide information and promotion of issues such as the sustainable use of land with high agricultural capacity by means of agro-ecological zoning; land banks for agro-ecological uses; encouraging best practices in fishing and its contribution to conserving the land habitats in and around water ecosystems; environmental volunteer work and the concept of stewardship; forestry activities for fire prevention and fight-fighting; and best practices in tourism-related activities (water, waste and energy).
Region-wide application of the ADAPTACLIMA methodology in Andalusia.
The Regional Government of Andalusia ADAPTACLIMA partner is using the territory of Andalusia as a basis for analysing and integrating the problems and criteria in various areas covered by ADAPTACLIMA. The findings are assembled and compared with the results obtained from other projects on climate change by sector, in order to move towards a realistic solution as a group.
Climate-change scenarios will be devised on the local scale and updated to IPCC IV, using the programmes, methods, and procedures designed in ADAPTACLIMA. Climate-change impact matrices will also be created for the whole of Andalusia, and synergies will be sought with experiences in other projects such as PyroSUDOE, SUD’EAU,…
Optimisation of comfort using renewable resources
This action will be implemented by the Association Climatologique de la Moyenne‐Garonne et du Sud‐ Ouest (ACMG) and consists of making a thermal diagnosis during the summer months in a series of cities or urban areas in the SUDOE in order to find a sustainable way of optimising comfort in residential and work areas through the use of water for passive climatisation of public spaces and urban areas.
This action will involve close collaboration with local farmers who use these water resources. The project is based on the results of thermal teledetection observations in the towns and cities within the framework of the TELERIEG project, which reveal that thermal comfort is proportional to the closeness to irrigated fields.
This project will also improve the links between urban and rural zones in order to develop synergies for more sustainable adaptation. The results of the project in terms of the water sector will also be incorporated.
The basis of this Framework Action Plan is the creation of an inventory of climate change results. During the first months of the project, the ADAPTACLIMA II partners will collect information from all the resources of other SUDOE projects and the previous ADAPTACLIMA programme with regard to the scientific-technical results on climate change.
The aim is to achieve a compendium and a current record of the research results, tools, indicators, databases and work methodologies. This work will be used as the basis to define the activities of each of the pilot actions. The idea is to make the best possible use of each partner’s experience and skills in order to implement the project from a more transversal approach, rather than merely from the standpoint of each partner’s speciality.