Ihobe and EVE review the progress of Urban Klima 2050 at a working session


LIFE IP Urban Klima 2050, the largest climate action project in the Basque Country, is now at its halfway point. In order to review the progress achieved in in the past 3+ years of work, the Basque Government public companies, Ihobe (as project leader) and the Basque Energy Agency-EVE (as a partner entity), held a working session.

In this session, held on 24 November, Malake Muñoz Cachón, Ihobe’s Climate Action Project Officer, presented the goals and progress of the project to EVE workers.

Muñoz reviewed the goals of Urban Klima 2050, all of which are aimed at promoting energy and climate transition in order to achieve resilience in the Basque Country. The actions implemented included, for example, peri-urban green infrastructure actions to improve resilience, like the recovery of the Tonpoi space in Bermeo, the promotion of ecological agriculture in Basaldea (Vitoria-Gasteiz), and the renaturalisation of Artikutza (Donostia/San Sebastián).

Actions to implement renewable energy were also presented, as well as pilot projects for intervention in river basins. This last part included actions such as flood protection and the environmental improvement of the River Estepona in Bakio, renaturalisation of the Errekatxulo River course in Donostia/San Sebastián, and the study of supply alternatives for the upper basin of the River Baia (Araba-Álava). Actions aimed at adapting the Donostia/San Sebastián coastline, Zarautz and the port of Ondarroa were also presented.

The session also highlighted work that is being carried out to promote citizen empowerment in terms of climate change, with the implementation of various recreational and informative activities to get the population involved in this challenge, as well as the actions aimed at promoting climate action locally, for which a specific strategy has been designed and is being developed in collaboration with Ihobe, Udalsarea 2030 and EVE. Finally, actions aimed at creating structures to facilitate governance and climate change observation and monitoring were also presented.