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LIFE AdaptCalaMillor to the XVII Jornades Espanyoles d’Enginyeria de Costes i Ports

The LIFE AdaptCalaMillor project participated in the XVII edition of the Spanish Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering. This event, held every two years since 1992, is a reference meeting that brings together leading national and international experts from universities, public administrations and companies. In this conference crucial issues for the sustainability and management of coastal areas are addressed through lectures and poster sessions. The participation of LIFE AdaptCalaMillor will allow to share knowledge and experiences on adaptation to climate change of urban beaches, highlighting the importance of collaboration between different sectors and institutions under a strategy of governance and active participation.

Specifically, the participation took place in the session “Climate change – coastal adaptation”, where Aida Pericàs-Palou, predoctoral researcher of the ICTS SOCIB, explained to more than 50 people the governance actions that have been carried out and are planned to involve stakeholders and local society in the selection of measures to adapt to climate change in Cala Millor, based on nature and science.

In addition to the presentation in the session “Climate change – coastal adaptation”, the LIFE AdaptCalaMillor project team also participated with a scientific poster detailing the historical evolution and monitoring efforts at Cala Millor beach, which since the dismantling of its dune system and the incorporation of large volumes of sand at the end of the sixties, has experienced a local perception of sediment loss. This phenomenon has motivated at least five regeneration operations, the last one in 2002, with more than 40,000 m³ of sediment.

Since 1998, Cala Millor has been the object of numerous scientific studies and coastal observation projects, becoming one of the most monitored beaches in the Mediterranean. These efforts, initiated by the BALIT research group of the University of the Balearic Islands and continued by entities such as IMEDEA and SOCIB, have implemented various video-monitoring technologies and topographic surveys. This extensive monitoring has provided valuable data on the temporal and spatial variability of Mediterranean beaches, assessing long-term trends and their response to the forces associated with Global Change.

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Dialogue for Water: LIFE AdaptCalaMillor joins WAT’SAVEREUSE in meetings on water management in coastal tourism

The LIFE Adapt Cala Millor project has established a significant collaboration with another project funded by the EU LIFE program, called LIFE WAT’SAVEREUSE, the objective of which is to raise awareness in the tourism sector and promote sustainable practices of water conservation and reuse. This collaboration was materialized through the participation of members of the team in conferences organized by the Water Alliance, focused on sharing and presenting sustainable water management practices in tourist areas of the municipalities of Formentera and Alcúdia.

The first day, held on February 15 at the headquarters of the Consell de Formentera, included a remote presentation of the LIFE AdaptCalaMillor project by Miguel Díaz Diego, technician of the Directorate General of Circular Economy, Energy Transition and Climate Change; Inés Batle Eriksson, president of the Hotel Association of Cala Millor; and Aida Pericas Palou, predoctoral researcher at SOCIB. A week later, on February 22, the second day was held in Alcúdia, where Miguel Díaz Diego presented the project in person. During the two days the project was presented, highlighting the urgent need to address the consequences of climate change and the objectives set for its mitigation. Fundamental elements of the project were highlighted, such as the diversity of participants from different sectors and institutions, the implementation of nature-based solutions, participatory governance, scientific support and the replicability of the project in other urban beaches.

This collaboration between LIFE Adapt Cala Millor and WAT’SAVEREUSE demonstrates the importance of inter-project cooperation in promoting sustainable practices and the pursuit of integrated solutions to climate challenges in coastal areas.

ICTS SOCIB gives workshops on climate change in Cala Millor to raise awareness and involve young people in the framework of the LIFE AdaptCalaMillor project

Within the framework of LIFE AdaptCalaMillor, the workshops have been held in five educational centers in the municipalities of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar and Son Servera, as well as in four summer schools in the area, involving 731 participants.

During 2023, the ICTS SOCIB has carried out several workshops on climate change perception in four kindergarten and primary schools (CEIP Punta de n’Amer, CEIP Sant Miquel, CEIP Jaume Fornaris i Talavull and CEIP Na Penyal) and one secondary school (IES Puig de Sa Font) in the municipalities of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar and Son Servera. In addition, the ICTS SOCIB has given workshops in the four summer schools in the area (Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, Son Servera, Sa Coma and Cala Millor). Altogether, these workshops have involved up to 731 participants between 7 and 14 years old. The main objective of these workshops is to raise awareness and increase the participation of young people in the decision-making process to select and prioritize strategies to adapt to climate change on the beach of Cala Millor. Through multi-response surveys, participants have shared their thoughts, concerns and visions about climate change and its effects on Cala Millor. This activity has not only allowed to collect valuable data, but has also led to a deeper understanding of environmental awareness in primary and secondary school students. In addition, through the “Photo Game”, participants have traveled back in time, exploring historical images of Cala Millor, thus stimulating conversations about the changes in the environment and the impacts of extreme weather events.

“From the ICTS SOCIB we encourage actions that promote the participation of a committed and informed society in the municipalities of Cala Millor, with the aim of actively involving them in an open decision-making process to select and prioritize strategies for adaptation to climate change, taking into account social needs and demands”, said Aida Pericás, PhD student at the ICTS SOCIB and member of the LIFE AdaptCalaMillor project. In this sense, during this period, ICTS SOCIB has also met with four local associations (Associació de la Tercera Edat de Son Carrió, Associació de Jubilats i Pensionistes de Cala Millor, Associació de la Tercera Edat de Son Servera and Associació de Famílies d’Alumnes del CEIP Sant Miquel a Son Carrió), with the participation of a total of 29 people. In addition, 44 representatives of local, insular and autonomous public administrations have been interviewed. The purpose of these meetings and interviews is to involve the interested parties from the beginning of the project.

In the future, in addition to involving more primary and secondary schools, local associations and representatives of public administrations, “these types of actions will also be extended to the tourism sector, by involving both tourists visiting the area and employees of the tourist sector of Cala Millor in these surveys and meetings”, said Aina García, transfer and innovation technician at the ICTS SOCIB and member of the LIFE AdaptCalaMillor project.

Inés Batle emphasizes in Diario de Mallorca the importance of the Life AdaptCalaMillor project for the adaptation to climate change in the area

The president of the hoteliers of Cala Millor, Inés Batle, analyzes in Diario de Mallorca the importance of the Life AdaptCalaMillor project for the tourist area of the Llevant. This pilot test promoted by the Consorci de Turisme de Cala Millor, which has a total investment of almost 2.3 million euros (1.3 contributed by the EU), seeks to preserve Cala Millor as a sun and beach destination through its adaptation to climate change. “It will be the first destination to undertake a pioneering project to adapt to climate change,” says Batle, recalling that this will be how it will be promoted at tourism fairs

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