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The Spanish Gob. presents the lines that will mark the strategy, in whose design IHCantabria collaborates, to protect the coast of the Balearic Islands of climate change

by | 23 Oct, 2020 | Coastal Engineering and Management, General News | 0 comments

El Ministerio para la Transición Ecológica y el Reto Demográfico (MITECO) avanza en la development of a Coastal Protection Strategy considering the climate change effects for the Balearic Islands is an initiative financed by the Structural Reform Support Programme of the European Union upon request of the Spanish Directorate General for the Coast and the Sea of the Ministry for the  Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge . It aims to apply an integrated approach, considering those physical, environmental and institutional factors interrelated with coastline evolution, flood risk, public domain occupations, erosion processes and the effects of climate change, to identify the most appropriate coastal protection measures for the Balearic Islands.

Su objetivo es aplicar un enfoque integrado, teniendo en cuenta aquellos factores físicos, ambientales e institucionales interrelacionados con la evolución del litoral, el riesgo de inundación, las ocupaciones de dominio público, los procesos de erosión y los efectos del cambio climático, para así identificar las medidas de protección costera más adecuadas para las Islas Baleares.

En una reunión celebrada ayer con representantes de la Dirección General de Apoyo a las Reformas Estructurales de la Unión Europea, del Gobierno balear, de los Consells y de la Federación de Entidades Locales de las Islas Baleares (FELIB), el secretario de Estado de Medio Ambiente, Hugo Morán, ha presentado los resultados de la fase de diagnóstico de la Estrategia, para la que se han analizado los posibles escenarios de cambio climático en esta zona del Mediterráneo y se han propuesto y priorizado medidas de reducción de riesgo.

Concretely, the project seeks to:

  • Understand and characterise coastal erosion challenges under an integrated approach, regarding all aspects of the coastal zone, and under the modern approach for Disaster Risk Management.
  • Propose a planning instrument for coastal protection (the Strategy) including the viable alternatives addressing all phases of the Disaster Risk Management cycle (including prevention and recovery) and the corresponding implementation plan.

The project is being implemented by a European consortium led by the Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC) which includes the Environmental Hydraulics Institute (IHCantabria), the Balearic Islands Coastal Ocean Observing and Forecasting System (SOCIB) and the network MedCities. Working in close cooperation with the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge , over the next months, the team will carry out a diagnosis to better understand the coastal erosion challenges and an analysis of possible scenarios and risk reduction options, followed by the design of the Coastal Protection Strategy along the coasts of all the Balearic Islands. The Strategy will be developed with the involvement of key stakeholders in the 6 islands under study (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera, Cabrera and Dragonera).