Ihobe organises the workshop ‘Urban Klima 2050: multi-stakeholder collaboration to finance and bridge the adaptation gap in the Basque Country'


Urban KLIMA 2050 is the most ambitious initiative led by the Basque Country which aims at ensuring the resilience of the territory from a multi-level governance, multi-stakeholder, and on-the-ground climate action approach. This largescale Life Integrated Project was launched in 2019 thanks to a partnership of 20 organisations and an investment of EUR19,8 million (with the European Union financing 52%). The project partners have set an ambitious target of delivering 40 actions in three specific areas – coast, river basins and urban/suburban areas -, over 6 years, impacting over 2 million people. 

The workshop 'Urban KLIMA 2050: multi-stakeholder collaboration to finance the adaptation gap in the Basque Country' will showcase the Basque commitment to fulfill the targets of the Paris Agreement through the political commitment, legislation, concrete strategies, financial means, and on-the-ground action, which involve a wide variety of stakeholders working towards the resilience of the territory, in contribution to the Global Goals for a sustainable and healthy planet. 

The event will also connect the regional perspective and the global processes and campaigns led by the UNFCCC, showcasing how a positive impact at territorial scale can go a long way. 

The workshop is an official side-event PreCOP26 – All4Climate Italy 2021. 

Simultaneous English-Spanish translation will be provided.


3:00 pm

Opening – 'Fulfilling the Paris Agreement: a territorial commitment to financing the adaptation gap'

Arantxa Tapia, Counsellor of Economic Development, Sustainability and Environment, Basque Government

Christian Strasser, Head of Unit of Natural Resources, Climate, Sustainable Blue Economy and Clean Energy, LIFE Programme, European Commission

Gorka Urtaran, Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council, Green Capital 2012

3:15 pm

Roundtable – 'Urban KLIMA 2050: multi-stakeholder collaboration to boost adaptation action and best practices'

Alexander Boto, General DirectorIhobe – Basque Environment Agency

Eneko Goia, Mayor of Donostia/San Sebastián City Council

María José Sanz, Scientific Director, BC3 – Basque Centre for Climate Change

Carlos Garbisu, Scientific Director of Neikerr - Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development

3:40 pm

Roundtable – 'Adaptation on the ground: showcasing good practices from a large-scale territorial project'

Antonio Aiz, General Director, URA – Basque Water Agency

Amets Jauregizar, Mayor of Bakio City Council

Luis Pedrosa, Director of Energy and Environment, Tecnalia Research Innovation

4:05 pm

Roundtable – 'Together for our planet: multi-level governance & cooperation to lead the adaptation action agenda for a global impact'

Gonzalo Muñoz, High-Level Climate Champion for COP26

Prof. Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) & Global Ambassador of the Race To Resilience

Héloïse Chicou, Head of Climate Action Advocacy, Regions4

Holger Robrecht, Deputy European Director of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability