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Facilitating good adaptation in urban areas of small and medium sized municipalities of the Basque Country (LIFE GOOD LOCAL ADAPT)


The main aim of the LIFE GOOD LOCAL ADAPT project is to adopt sustainable solutions for urban areas for adapting to heat waves and water scarcity. The project encourages complementarity between public and private initiatives in small- and medium-size municipalities that are less advanced in terms of mainstreaming adaptation into their policies. The project promotes the adoption of innovative technologies and traditional solutions that contribute to mitigating the effects of heat and an adapted management of water resources.

The project activities comprise:

  • Identification of best measures for adapting to climate change threats in each of the five demonstration neighbourhoods  (two in Amurrio, two in Legazpi and one in Balmaseda) along with the implementation of those solutions in two prototype pilot sites (one in Amurrio and one in Balmaseda);
  • Development of customised solutions for the seven sites, including technical data about the solutions convenient and ideal locations for implementation;
  • Implementation of a prototype of green infrastructure in Amurrio in an urban public space, including solutions for vegetation and water management, allowing water savings in the irrigation process, energy savings in houses protected from heat by the vegetation, and absorption of CO2 by the vegetation;
  • Implementation of a prototype of a rehabilitated building in Balmaseda that included five innovative solutions to face heatwaves in an efficient way (This will constitute a benchmark visit centre for citizens and public authorities, and will drive awareness-raising on the project and replication of solutions);
  • Theoretical testing of the incentive model by the city council of Legazpi, through a questionnaire and a focus group of local citizens, as developed in the neighbourhoods of Amurrio, Balmaseda and Legazpi, in relation to the most important incentives for fostering individual or private action.

Specific objectives are to:

    • Increase the public’s knowledge of climate change issues, risks and behaviours, and public support for adaptation measures in urban areas, especially those that offer the most effective incentives to foster individual action;
    • Tailor priority methodologies to the available resources of small and medium-sized municipalities in order to foster the adoption of adaptation solutions that are socially acceptable, economically sustainable, avoid collateral impacts and promote social, economic and environmental benefits;
    • Implement adaptation solutions for the efficient use of water, vegetation, insulation and ventilation;
    • Transfer the project approach, process and outputs to municipalities throughout the EU; and
    • Assess the impact of the adaptation solutions on local communities.

Project information


Factor ideas integral services, S.L.


Ayuntamiento de Balmaseda, Spain

Ayuntamiento de Legazpi, Spain

Phpositivo Kooperativa Elkarte Txikia, Spain

Ayuntamiento de Amurrio, Spain

Ekinn, Ekoinnovating, Kooperatiba Elkarte Txikia, Spain

Fundación Gaiker, Spain

Source of funding

LIFE Programme

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Published in Climate-ADAPT Jan 08 2019   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Nov 01 2022

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