Mountain regions are among the world’s most climate-sensitive areas. This project comprises a social, regional and participative analysis of the implications of climate change for mountain systems and the preparation of action plans to improve the resilience of these regions by using ecosystems as a climate change adaptation tool.
The project covers two pilot regions in the Ordesa-Viñamala (Huesca) and Valles de Omaña y Luna (Castile and León) biosphere reserves.
It uses strategy planning and research with local stakeholders to define new guidelines for climate change adaptation in mountain environments. The project proposes a participative process built upon recognition of essential ecosystems, the socio-economic activities associated with these and their vulnerability to climate change. Said process will enable the development of a shared future vision (future scenarios) by identifying current issues.
Using this shared scenario as a starting point, the project will embark upon a creative process as a means to developing responses to these problems. The resulting pilot action plan for each region analysed should be realistic and attainable, include a timeline, be equipped with the necessary resources and have the potential to be extrapolated to other areas.
The overall project objectives are as follows:
- Analyse and diagnose the climate change implications for the two selected mountain regions.
- Develop scenarios for the next 50 years with a view to analysing the impacts of climate change in different production sectors.
- Identify good practices through the participation of local stakeholders from the various socio-economic sectors.
- Prepare an action framework for each of the regions analysed which is transferable to other mountain regions on the Iberian peninsula.
- Generate a catalogue of good practices specific to each of the regions analysed.
- Raise awareness among the local people in mountain regions of the vulnerability of these environments to climate change and the need for adaptation in traditional production sectors.
The project actions are not yet under way (implementation expected throughout 2019).
Case study developed and implemented as a climate change adaptation measure.
Fundación Territorios Vivos, Ordesa-Viñamala and Valles de Omaña y Luna biosphere reserves.
Project promoted by Fundación Territorios Vivos with the support of Fundación Biodiversidad. The project involves the collaboration of the Ordesa-Viñamala and Valles de Omaña y Luna biosphere reserves. The implementation phase will also involve local stakeholders from both areas or from the network of biosphere reserves in Spain.
Success: comprehensive regional and participative approach to addressing a global problem; use of innovative participative tools (future scenarios); transferability of the project.
Limiting: obtaining co-funding to facilitate comprehensive project development; mobilising local stakeholders for a thorough and realistic participative diagnostics exercise; generating proposals which are connected to the specific needs of each region and which can subsequently be transferred to others.
Project funding amounts to €58,556, of which 66% is from Fundación Biodiversidad and the remaining from the project partners.
The project received funding through the 2017 round of grant funding from Fundación Biodiversidad (Ministry for Ecological Transition) for climate change adaptation.
2018-2019 (10 months - at initial implementation phase)