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ClimEmpower, the European project that aims to improve urban resilience in Andalusia, holds its kick-off meeting in Vienna

-The partners of this European project, including the Junta de Andalucía, Aquatec and Cetaqua Andalucía, met to discuss and develop strategies for the success of the project.

– ClimEmpower’s mission is to empower regions in southern Europe that are particularly vulnerable to climate change.

The ClimEmpower project kicked off with a kick-off meeting in Vienna. A few weeks ago, the partners of this European initiative met to discuss and develop strategies to ensure the success of the project.

Empowering regions in southern Europe that are particularly vulnerable to climate change is the mission of this European project. Andalusia (Spain), Osijek-Baranja County (Croatia), Troodos Mountain Range (Cyprus), Central Greece (Greece) and Sicily (Italy) are the five territories chosen for their characteristics to improve their resilience to the effects of climate change.

To this end, during the development of this project, Regional Communities of Practices (CoP) will be created. The purpose of these is to be spaces where all stakeholders can collaborate and co-create resilient development strategies adapted to the needs of each region.

Improving urban resilience in the Western Costa del Sol of Andalusia

In the case of Andalusia, a region hard hit by the consequences of climate change (floods, droughts, forest fires, heat waves…), this CoP will focus all its efforts on consolidating a flood risk assessment tool, a drought modeling framework and measures for the prevention or mitigation of climate change risk.

The Department of Sustainability, Environment and Blue Economy of the Andalusian Regional Government, Aquatec, an Agbar Group company, and Cetaqua Andalucía are joining hands in this initiative that aims to serve as a tool to improve urban resilience in Andalusia – specifically, the pilot scenario is the Western Costa del Sol – and to deal with rain and coastal flooding, which will be studied by Aquatec; water scarcity, analyzed by Cetaqua; as well as heat waves and forest fires that shake the community.

The alliance of these three entities in the Spanish case study, together with the rest of the consortium, sets a path to follow in the fight against climate change, in which citizens will play a fundamental role. Another of the aims of this initiative is to broaden and update the population’s knowledge of the impacts of this phenomenon, so the active participation of society is essential to achieve this purpose.

Collaboration to face climate challenges

A total of 14 partners make up the ClimEmpower consortium, including the Junta de Andalucía; Aquatec; Cetaqua Andalucía, Centro Andaluz de Investigaciones del Agua; PLINIVS; Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER); European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF); Public Institution for Nature Protection in Osijek-Baranja County; Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH); Frederick Research Center (FRC); Regione Siciliana; Osijek-Baranja County (OBS); Region of Central Greece (PSTE) and Troodos Development Company LTD (ANET). During the kick-off meeting, their representatives had the opportunity to outline their roles and tasks within the project.

This kick-off meeting marks the beginning of a journey that began with the project’s kick-off in September, and is intended to serve as a transformative element for a more resilient and sustainable future in the face of climate change.