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Only 90 days left for ECCA 2019, the biggest climate change adaptation event in Europe


Only 90 days left for ECCA 2019, the biggest climate change adaptation event in Europe

The countdown has begun for the 4th European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA 2019) in Lisbon with the planting of one tree a day in the metropolitan area to compensate for its CO2 emissions.

RESCCUE, along with the PLACARD and BINGO projects, are the 3 European Horizon 2020 initiatives co-organising this event.

From 28th to 31st May, the 4th European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA 2019) will disseminate the latest scientific progress in this field which is essential to supporting the necessary political action to overcome the problem. More than 1000 people are expected to participate in the most important event on climate change in Europe which, for the first time ever, is being held in a southern European city: Lisbon.

The Portuguese capital will gather around a thousand researchers, specialists, authorities and national, regional and local agencies responsible for implementing climate change adaptation measures as well as companies, NGOs and the general public. Over the course of four days, the solutions proposed in different cities to adapt to climate change and prevent and reduce the risk of disasters caused by extreme events will be shared. Different aspects of climate change adaptation strategies in southern Europe will be discussed in a view to promoting an increase in societal resilience with a special focus on the transfer of knowledge among science and innovation, governance and best practices.

Last Saturday 16th February, a ceremony in the Urban Park of Vale da Montanha, in Lisbon, marked 100 days to ECCA 2019. This symbolic event brought together representatives of the various entities involved with increasing green infrastructures and woodlands in the city, one of the most effective ways to adapt to climate change.

The ECCA 2019 organisation will compensate the CO2 emissions associated with the event by planting one hundred native Portuguese trees in the central region of the country: one tree per day until the start of the conference in the Vale da Montanha urban park.

RESCCUE, a major player in the organisation of ECCA 2019

RESCCUE is part of the ECCA 2019 Organising Committee, which is also comprised of other two European projects funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme: PLACARD, PLAtform for Climate Adaptation and Risk reDuction, coordinated by FCiencias.ID, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon; and BINGO, Bringing INnovation to onGOing water management, coordinated by the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering. The conference is co-organised by Lisbon City Council and the Ministry of Environment and Energy Transition of Portugal as well.

Apart from logistic issues, RESCCUE is playing an active role in the abstracts review process and the communication tasks of ECCA 2019. It will have a stand at the conference and different oral presentations will be carried out by the project partners to present RESCCUE’s approach, research and results. Besides, different tools used and developed within RESCCUE will be presented at the ECCA 2019 Tool-shed.

On the other hand, this initiative is already being supported by a group of sponsoring entities: Lisbon Metropolitan Area (AML), project, Copernicus, Elsevier, Empresa Portuguesa das Águas Livres (EPAL), Energias de Portugal (EDP), Agencia Ejecutiva para las PYME (EASME), IOP Publishing, JPI Climate, Portuguese Water Partnership (PPA), TAP Air Portugal, Taylor & Francis Group (Routledge) and TEC-Conseil.

Full details of the themes, and registration rates and booking are all available from the ECCA 2019 website and Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe to the ECCA 2019 newsletter to stay tuned.

Image credits: Lisbon City Council