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Towards a more resilient Lisbon UrbaN Green InfraStructure as an adaptation to climate change

Under the changing climate, Lisbon faces increased risks of drought, seasonal flooding and extreme temperatures that have negative impact on health and quality of life in the city. The LIFE LUNGS project aims to increase the resilience of Lisbon by implementing the municipal climate adaptation strategy through green infrastructure and promotion of related ecosystem services

Mid-mountain adaptation to climate change

Mountain areas are the major source of freshwater for lowlands thanks to their perennial and intermittent rivers. Southern Europeans mountains are highly sensitive to climate change, particularly in terms of downstream water resources

Climate value of urban trees

The EU strategy on adaptation to climate change calls for cities to set city-level targets for emissions reduction, plan and implement urban investments, and develop management strategies on urban resilience to climate change. LIFE CLIVUT will develop an urban green asset strategy for Mediterranean medium-size cities and implement it in four pilot cities: two in Italy, one in Greece and one in Portugal

Innovative, Collective, Adaptive Water Management

The objective of LIFE Local Water Adapt is to demonstrate a unique approach to local water management – collective adaptive water management (CAWM) – as an effective urban adaptation strategy. The approach overcomes existing barriers by creating a public-private partnership of local actors

Application of Nature-Based Solutions for local adaptation of educational and social buildings to Climate Change

LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN aims at increasing the resilience of social and educational buildings by implementing nature-based solutions as prototypes of climate adaptation and improved well-being. More specifically, the project’s goals are to: Improve knowledge on the development, assessment, and monitoring of vulnerability to climate change of buildings by developing and testing a common, ready-to-use method in southern, western, central and northern European regions; Analyze and verify the impact of nature-based solutions as measures to adapt to climate change in three pilot buildings; Promote sustainable ecosystem-based adaptation measures and increase the capacity to apply such knowledge in practice through dissemination and demonstration workshops; Promote the governance of regional authorities, directors and building managers, and the construction sector to integrate nature-based solutions as part of measures to promote sustainable adaptation in buildings; and Contribute to the development and implementation of a common EU policy on adaptation to climate change by transferring best practices and knowledge to target groups and stakeholders

Adaptation and Watering in Green Urban Areas facing Climatic Heat Waves, Drought and Extreme Storms

The project LIFE AGUA DE PRATA aims to tackle some of the water scarcity challenges faced by the Alentejo region in Portugal by sustainably re-using water from the Graça do Divor wells and springs, which were previously sources for the Roman aqueduct. Using these underground sources will help transform water supply for irrigation and will lead to annual savings of treated surface water of around 120

Growing REsilience AgricolTure

The GREAT LIFE project aims to implement an innovative and integrated approach, from crops to market, in order to tackle the effects of climate change on agricultural activities in the Po Valley, as well as in Italy as a whole, thereby helping to sustain farmers’ income, reducing water consumption and producing quality foods for the final market. GREAT LIFE plans to raise awareness on the value of food for the protection of natural resources, the environment and health, with the aim of promoting awareness regarding the contribution that food choices can have on the environment, health and the economy

Enhancing climate change adaptation strategies and measures in the Metropolitan City of Milan

The METRO ADAPT project aims to mainstream climate change adaptation strategies and measures in the development of a territorial plan for the Metropolitan City of Milan (CMM) and in the planning and building rules of the 134 CMM municipalities. In the project, nature-based solutions are promoted for tackling climate related risks and to regenerate neglected urban spaces

Implementation of a forecAsting System for urban heaT Island effect for the development of urban adaptation strategies

The LIFE ASTI project aims to design, implement, pilot and validate a set of urban heat island (UHI) forecasting systems in Thessaloniki and Rome and to establish dissemination tools to enable open access to UHI-related information. The impact of future climate change scenarios on UHI will be assessed for the two cities and the impact of urban greening will be evaluated in areas combating the UHI effect

Development of sustainable and climate resilient urban storm water management systems for Nordic municipalities

The main objective of the LIFE UrbanStorm project is to increase the climate resilience of Estonian municipalities, especially their ability to manage flash flooding caused by heavy rainfall. The project will facilitate the development and implementation of integrated approaches for climate change adaptation strategies and action plans, at  local, regional and national levels, prioritising, where appropriate, ecosystem-based approaches

Networks of knowledge and training for the effective management of Mediterranean forest habitats of Nature 2000

The LIFE_Redcapacita2015 project (also named LIFE RED BOSQUES) aims to improve the management of forests in the Spanish Mediterranean regions included in the Natura 2000 network, by integrating objectives of biodiversity conservation and adaptation to climate change. Training of Natura 2000 managers and the development of management tools for Natura 2000 forest areas are planned to ensure the transfer of scientific knowledge and expertise for improving management effectiveness through improved capacity building

Climate action campaign for low-income households

The LIFE DoppelPlus project aims to steer the behaviour of low-income households in Tyrol (Austria), which are particularly vulnerable to the consequences of climate change, towards climate protection, and by doing so to raise living standards and reduce energy bills. Specific project actions include: Providing climate protection starter kits to low income families

Integrated planning tool to ensure viability of grasslands

Natural and semi-natural grasslands (NSG) are complex ecosystems that provide a range of ecosystem functions and services, which are essential for maintaining biodiversity and healthy societies in general. Loss of grassland biodiversity leads to the degradation and even total destruction of ecosystem functions and services, which would require enormous financial investments to provide artificially

Natural wood lands, bogs and habitat network around Aussee

LIFE Ausseerland aims to improve the structural diversity in forests, as well as the function of ecological corridors between the mountainous areas. The project area encompasses two main Natura 2000 network sites, and several habitat connectivity corridors

Implementation of efficient irrigation management for a sustainable agriculture

The project aims to implement, demonstrate, and disseminate an efficient irrigation management schedule for three areas Spain (two in the Segura Basin and on in the Guadalquivir basin). A sustainable irrigation strategy for with woody crops in Mediterranean agro-ecosystems will be based on reduction of water supply during non-critical periods, the covering of water needs during critical periods and maximising yields per unit of applied water

Helping enhanced soil functions and adaptation to climate change by sustainable conservation agriculture techniques

The project intent is to test and demonstrate innovative solutions and soil management practices to improve soil quality, and to make agricultural systems more resilient against climate change. This helps ensure that crops can resist environmental stresses, reduces erosion and soil susceptibility to compaction, improves the ability of soils to act as a filter and buffer against pollutants, and boosts soil biodiversity

Introduction of new olive crop management practices focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation

The main aim of the oLIVE-CLIMA project is to promote the introduction of new cultivation practices for tree crops as a cost-effective means of mitigating and adapting to climate change. Olive-producing areas in Greece will be selected to investigate their potential to increase carbon sequestration by soils, to reduce GHG emissions, and to test three different socio-economic situations currently prevalent in Greece farms: from more traditional farming to innovative environmentally sensitive farming

Floods and Fire risk assessment and management

FLIRE is a demonstration project aiming to the development of an integrated Decision Support System (DSS) for both flash floods and forest fires risk assessment and management. Floods and forest fires can be among the most devastating natural disasters, causing severe socioeconomic impacts, including loss of life, the destruction of private and public property and the disruption of economic activities and cultural heritage

Dune construction and strengthening

Dune erosion results from wind action (surface erosion) and marine erosion of the toe and face of the dune. Erosion is a natural phenomenon that can be worsened by human activities

Timmendorfer Strand coastal flood defence strategy, Germany

From 1999 to 2011, the municipality of Timmendorfer Strand in Germany developed and implemented a coastal flood defence strategy using a participatory process. In 1999, a first discussion about an integrated coastal flood defence concept for the community of Timmendorfer Strand started

The road to resilience - managing and financing extreme weather risks

The frequency, severity and exposure of energy systems to extreme weather events are increasing and affecting the energy system. While in the past impact-resistant – ‘fail-safe’ – structures were built, today’s system complexity and increased incidence of extreme weather require a shift towards having energy infrastructures operating under a ‘safe-fail’ approach

Impact of climate change and globalisation on safety of fresh produce governing a supply chain of uncompromised food sovereignty

VEG-i-TRADE provides platforms to identify impacts of anticipated climate change and globalisation on food safety, microbiological and chemical hazards, of fresh produce and derived food products. Control measures of managerial and technological nature will be developed in the supply chain of crop production, post-harvest processing and logistics to minimize food safety risks

Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction

Formally established in 2008, the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) is a global alliance of UN agencies, NGOs and specialist institutes. As a global thematic platform of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), PEDRR seeks to promote and scale-up implementation of Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR)  and ensure it is mainstreamed in development planning at global, national and local levels

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