IHCantabria participates in the 3rd coordination meeting of the LIFE Garachico project, which took place in Garachico (Tenerife, Ppain) last Wednesday, November 9th.
IHCantabria has participated in the 3rd coordination meeting of the LIFE Garachico project, which took place in Garachico (Tenerife, Spain) on Wednesday, November 9.
The Department of Ecological Transition leads the LIFE Garachico project, a fight against climate change and territorial planning of the Government of the Canary Islands. This project is being developed by a group of 11 partners made up of public administrations, research centers and SMEs: Town Hall of the Villa and Port of Garachico (Spain), Puerto de la Cruz Town Hall (Spain), Island Council of Tenerife (Spain), Ecosistemas virtuales y litorales S. L. (Spain), Environmental Hydraulics Institute Of Cantabria Foundation (Spain), Cartográfica de Canarias S.A. (Spain), National Civil Engineering Laboratory (Portugal), Empresa de Transformación Agraria S.S. (Spain), University of la Laguna (Spain) and Elittoral Studies of Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering (Spain).
LIFE Garachico – “Adaptation of coastal flooding to climate change through flexible strategies in urban areas of Macaronesia” – is 55% cofinanced by the LIFE program of the European Commission. This project, which has already started a year ago and will be developed over the next four years (2021-2026) aims to implement (based on a dynamic participatory approach) an innovative Flexible Adaptation Strategic Framework (MEAF) to reduce the risk of coastal flooding caused by climate change mainly in the town of Garachico, but also in Puerto de la Cruz (Tenerife) and Praia do Vitoria in Portugal (Azores).
Javier L. Lara, María F. Álvarez de Eulate, Alberto Fernández and David Lucio from the Hydrodynamics and Infrastructures Group of IHCantabria, as well as Patricia Bueno from the department of European Affairs of this institution, have attended the meeting and have presented the status development and results of each of the work packages they coordinate or participate in: “Coastal flood risk analysis and resilience in the Garachico pilot site”, “Implementation of a coastal flood early warning system in the Garachico pilot site”, and “Implementation of adaptation strategies in the Garachico pilot site”, among others.
In addition to the coordination meeting, on Thursday, November 10th, a meeting with the Garachico neighborhood took place. In this meeting, not only the technicians from the ULL, GRAFCAN and IHCantabria explained to the attendees the actions and activities that are being developed within the project. Also, the neighborhood was able to share its vision and experience regarding coastal flooding events that the municipality has been suffering over the years, which is crucial for the project’s development.
Proyecto cofinanciado por el Programa LIFE
Contribución financiera de la UE 55%