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Mitigation and adaptation measures to climate change in the Ebro Delta

LIFE EBRO-ADMICLIM02.Jun.2014 to 01.Jun.2018

The project LIFE EBRO-ADMICLIM (ENV/ES/001182) puts forwards pilot actions for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change in the Ebro Delta (Catalonia, Spain), an area vulnerable to sea level rise and subsidence.

The main pilot adaptation actions focus on sediment inputs from the Ebro River into its Delta. The aim is to demonstrate the feasibility of permanently restoring the sediment flow, both from a water treatment plant on the Ebro (Consorci d’Aigües de Tarragona, CAT) and from the reservoirs along the lowest stretches of the Ebro. Essential for this is a good assessment of the transport capacity of the river and the channels. Mitigation pilot actions are also proposed for the rice fields and wetlands, to optimize carbon and nutrient sequestration and GHG emissions, and increase the ground elevation.

The final conclusions drawn from these pilot actions will allow the elaboration of a Climate Action Plan for the Ebro Delta with specific and effective measures for the mitigation and adaptation of the area to the climate change.

The collaboration between both projects results in the contribution of Life MEDACC to knowledge and a diagnosis of climate, land use and hydrology of the Segre basin (main tributary of the Ebro river), which are necessary for the EBRO-ADMICLIM project integrated approach for managing water, sediment and habitats.

Carles Ibáñez (IRTA - Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries)