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.

We propose an integrated approach for managing water, sediment and habitats (rice fields and wetlands), with the multiple aim of optimizing ground elevation (through inputs of inorganic sediment and organic matter), reducing coastal erosion, increasing the accumulation (sequestration) of carbon in the soil, reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), and improving water quality. This type of approach has not been applied so far in the European Union, and it is clearly innovative internationally.

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.

Project duration: 4 years (June 2014 – June 2018).

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