Urban Klima 2050, an example of a collaborative project at Adaptation Futures 2023, the world’s leading conference devoted to climate change adaptation


Adolfo Uriarte, Director of Natural Heritage and Climate Change of the Basque Government, took part in the congress held in Montreal (Canada) on 2-6 October, which gathered 1,500+ climate change and adaptation experts. 

The Basque Country was one of the regions participating in the 7th edition of the “Adaptation Futures 2023” International Conference, held in Montreal (Canada) on 2-6 October and organised by the Ouranos think tank, the Government of Canada and the UN’s World Adaptation Science Programme (WASP).

At a meeting with 1,500+ climate change and adaptation experts from all over the world, Adolfo Uriarte, Director of Natural Heritage and Climate Change of the Basque Government, had the opportunity to present the planning and funding instruments that have enabled the implementation of more than 60 adaptation projects in different Basque municipalities to deal with the impacts of climate change.

Among these projects, Uriarte highlighted the LIFE IP Urban Klima 2050 and its status as a collaborative project, involving 20 partner organisations, including the three provincial councils, seven town councils, several Basque Government and municipal public companies, as well as technology and research centres.

Uriarte took part in the session on measuring the performance of nature-based solutions, where he detailed some of the actions that Urban Klima 2050 is developing in this field. Specifically, he mentioned the action planned in the Biscayan municipality of Bakio, where the Estepona River will be cleaned and renaturalised to create an urban marsh and floodable river park. These projects are part of Action C.5.1 Nature-based Solutions (NbS) in river basins

In his speech, Uriarte also presented other projects, including the comprehensive refurbishment of a school in the municipality of Oñati, in which various natural solutions have been incorporated; the renaturalisation of a 23,500 m2 river environment carried out in the municipality of Errenteria; and the upcoming recovery of marshes in the bay of Txingudi to increase climate resistance.

Furthermore, in the session on the integration of knowledge of the most vulnerable communities in the planning and design of actions for adaptation, organised by Regions4, the network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development, Dafne Mazo, a technician from the Department of International Relations area at the Ihobe public company, will present the report on climate change and gender, recently published by this entity in collaboration with Emakunde, which analyses the causes, effects, leadership and participation in climate action from a gender perspective.