Amaia Barredo at the COP26: “Urban Klima is a local action, collaborative and transforming project”


The vice-minister for Environmental Sustainability of the Basque Country presented the region’s climate action plans at the International Climate Summit in Glasgow or COP26. One of these is the LIFE IP Urban Klima 2050, “a collaborative, transformational project” based on local action.

On Tuesday, 9 November, Amaia Barredo took part in a meeting entitled “From policymaking to implementation: regional innovative solutions for climate change adaptation”. She underlined the Basque Country’s 20-year commitment to addressing climate change. Barredo shared the stage with representatives from the Balearic Islands, Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA), and the Regional Committee, which shared details of leading-edge regional initiatives suitable for global replication.

During her speech, the vice-minister talked about the LIFE IP Urban Klima 2050: “It is the Basque Country’s main local action project, which contains 40 actions to be carried out over six years, which will be replicated in other areas”, she explained.  Barredo also talked of the importance of multi-governance in this project which has 20 participating entities. “As well as the Basque Government, three Provincial Councils, seven local councils, as well as technology and research centres, are also taking part”, she specified. She explained how the involvement of all these stakeholders will “ensure compliance with undertakings and define how to make climate change a part of local action”.

Barredo discussed the three levels at which Urban Klima 2050 is working: river basins, urban environments and coasts, “empowering the local administration and encouraging citizen participation”. She also discussed the importance of involving all institutions because “we have to work together to achieve this transition”.