San Sebastian/Donostia - Spain
Main motivation for taking adaptation action
Planned adaptation actions
Good practice / spotlight item
When it comes to adaptation, much emphasis in San Sebastian's is placed on the reduction and preservation of water. The city has designed a plan made up of 3 main components that promote the sustainable use of the water, namely:
- Reduction of water consumption via increased efficiency: This component includes activities like the development of a water consumption study for improved water demand management; optimization and modernization of water infrastructure in the city as the potable water deposits and distribution systems; improved quality control of sea and river water to uphold EU standards; and improved collection and use of rainfall water for street cleaning and the maintenance of parks and gardens.
- Adaptation of water system infrastructure: Includes working together with the “Mancomunidad del Añarbe” in adapting the infrastructure of the dam and sewage treatment plant to the future conditions due to climate change.
- Awareness raising campaign in the local community: This component includes the construction of structures like a water museum in Ulia and the River Park Urumea that show the citizens of the region the importance of the water and its preservation. Furthermore, the city has planned awareness raising campaigns around reduced water consumption. Measures in such campaigns include, for example, the correct use of detergents, the protection of beaches and harbours, and awareness of the marine environment that surrounds the city.
- Water management
- Coastal areas
The coastline in San Sebastian. Source: CC ShareAlike 3.0 Spain License
Climate change impacts
- Extreme Temperatures
- Sea Level Rise
Key vulnerable sectors
Mayors Adapt signatory
Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt