Knowledge Platforms on Climate Adaptation

In the framework of communication and dissemination actions, LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN committed to publish information about the project and its results on various thematic knowledge platforms at European, national and regional level.

The publication of the learning from LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN on a wide range of thematic platforms allows to amplify the impact of the project’s communication, making it known to wide audiences, avoiding duplication of efforts and facilitating the transferability of the actions carried out.

The following is a series of identified thematic platforms where the LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN project has been present. In some cases, we have already managed to publish useful information about the project, in others, we continue to work on their publication as we continue to obtain results.

 

European Climate Adaptation Platform Climate-ADAPT

Climate-ADAPT aims to support Europe in adapting to climate change helping users to access and share data and information on various aspects, such as the publication of adaptation case studies and potential adaptation options.

One of the case studies published by the platform is Nature-Based Solutions in schools: a green way to adapt buildings to climate change in Solana de los Barros, Extremadura (Spain). This case study reviews the construction project for the implementation of Nature-Based Solutions that were implemented in the Gabriela Mistral school by the LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN project. It shows the main challenges, objectives, adaptation options and solutions addressed in this construction project. In addition, other information of interest for the case of this pilot building is included, such as the importance and relevance of the project for climate adaptation, the main stakeholders involved, success factors and limitations, as well as legal aspects and images of the implemented solutions.

After the implementation of the After-LIFE Plan, it is intended that the construction projects of the pilot buildings in Évora and Porto on which the LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN project has worked will also be available as case studies in Climate-ADAPT.

In addition to the publication of this first case study, in the Climate-ADAPT platform database there is also a specific site with descriptive information about the project that can be found at this link.

The European Climate Adaptation Platform Climate-ADAPT is a partnership between the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA). Climate-ADAPT is maintained by the EEA with the support of the European Topic Centre on Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA).

 

EU Repository of Nature-Based Solutions, Oppla

The EU Repository of Nature-Based Solutions, Oppla, provides a knowledge marketplace, where the latest thinking on natural capital, ecosystem services and nature-based solutions is brought together.

Its purpose is to simplify how we share, obtain and create knowledge to better manage our environment.

Oppla is an open platform that is designed for people with diverse needs and interests – from science, policy and practice; public, private and voluntary sectors; organisations large and small, as well as individuals.

In the last phase of LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN, the members of this repository were asked to publish a case study on the lessons learned from the project on their platform. For the moment, we are still waiting for a response.

 

European Committee of the Regions (CoR)

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is the voice of regions and cities in the European Union (EU). It represents local and regional authorities across the European Union and advises on new laws that have an impact on regions and cities (70% of all EU legislation).

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) intervenes at several stages of the EU law-making process. CoR commissions draft opinions on EU legislative proposals and members gather in plenary to vote and adopt those opinions. The CoR also works closely with national, regional and local authorities, making their voices heard and fostering political debate, not only in Brussels, but also in EU regions and cities, outside Europe and online.

On the CoR platform there is a section containing regional and local members participating in the CoR and a database with various EU-wide initiatives related to the fight against COVID-19, the EU Green Deal (#EUGreenDeal) and the promotion of EU values.

The Provincial Council of Badajoz published the experience of the LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN project on the implementation of Nature-based Solutions in CEIP Gabriela Mistral on the Good Practice platform of the European Committee of the Regions, within the section of the EU Green Pact. To access the description of this good practice, go to this link, click on the #EUGreenDeal tab and look for the project on the map or in the list on the right side of the website

 

Digital ecosystem for the New European Bauhaus, digiNEB.eu

From October 2022, digiNEB.eu is to supporting the NEB community by developing the NEB Digital Hub web platform, which consists of three main components: a) training courses aimed at stimulating knowledge and sharing best practices; b) digital toolkit, consisting of a catalogue with over 250 digital solutions for the NEB ecosystem; c) observatory with a collection of 500 EU-funded initiatives to raise awareness towards NEB programmes and encourage collaborations.

Currently, the LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN project is present on digiNEB.eu through components a (courses) and c (initiatives).

The English version of the online training “Nature-Based Solutions: the LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN project“, developed by the project through the communication sub-action E2.2, is available on the digiNEB.eu platform.

In addition, LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN has published a short summary of the experience gained in the course of the project as a “success story” in the collection of initiatives collected on digiNEB.eu, accessible via the following link.

 

EKLIPSE

EKLIPSE was created in 2016 to help governments, institutions, businesses, and NGOs make better-informed decisions when it comes to biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe.

EKLIPSE aims to ensure a sustainable future in which decisions affecting biodiversity and ecosystems services are based on trusted evidence, provided by experts following an ethical and transparent process.

Experts from the LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN project participated in some events of these discussion and information exchange processes such as the webinar on “Financing Greener Cities”, which took place in July 2019 and the face-to-face workshop on the same topic that took place in Athens in October 2019. The final report on both events can be found here.

LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN’s participation in these events contributed in some way to the elaboration of the report “An impact evaluation framework to support planning and evaluation of nature-based solutions projects” available in the reports section of the EKLIPSE website or directly accessible through this link.

 

Platform on Adaptation to Climate Change in Spain, AdapteCCa

AdapteCCa is a Spanish platform for consultation and exchange of information on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change that aims to strengthen the capacities of society and administrations in their adaptation actions, in accordance with the objectives and principles of the National Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change (PNACC).

The platform works to facilitate access to data, information and knowledge on climate change adaptation by building a solid, consistent and up-to-date knowledge base. It also aims to be an open exchange instrument that facilitates multidirectional communication and coordinated work between the different actors in the field of adaptation: Spanish administrations, the scientific community, planners, public and private managers, etc.

The LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN project was present at the LIFE Adaptation to Climate Change Projects Meeting, which took place in Madrid in 2019 and in which the AdapteCCa platform had special relevance as it was presented as the main platform for publishing and channelling information on projects related to climate adaptation in Spain. The event, which was organised by the LIFE SHARA project, coordinated by the Biodiversity Foundation, served to strengthen the social fabric of climate change adaptation by highlighting the importance and relevance of climate change adaptation in different areas.

Moreover, the AdapteCCa platform promoted the Spanish version of the online training “Nature-Based Solutions: the LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN project”, developed by the project through the communication sub-action E2.2.

In addition, in the last phase of the project, members of the LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN coordination team contacted the AdapteCCa platform to update the information available on this platform. For the moment, some relevant deliverables of the project have been shared and will be available on this link, it has been agreed to publish any event, news or milestone of the project during the After-LIFE period on AdapteCCa and the possibility of including the example of LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN among the case studies highlighted on this platform is being considered. We will be informed about this during 2024.

AdapteCCa is a joint initiative of the Spanish Office for Climate Change and the Biodiversity Foundation, both of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge.

 

CONAMA’s Observatory for Nature-Based Solutions

The Nature-Based Solutions Working Group is a multidisciplinary group of professionals interested in deepening the application of the Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) approach in their daily work, as well as in locating projects and strategies that use NBS to re-naturalise the city throughout the country and disseminate them with the intention that this vision of the city of the future, more natural and healthy, spreads throughout Spain.

Recently, the CONAMA’s Observatory for Nature-Based Solutions has updated the information on the project in the directory of NBS initiatives on the Observatory’s website (available here) and has published an article in interview format in which the LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN project shares some key aspects and lessons learned from this initiative. The full article is available through this link.

In addition, the Observatory has supported the work of the project through its participation in thematic discussion events organised by LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN, such as the project’s final congress, or by publishing a monograph on the project in the February 2024 edition of its monthly newsletter.

The Nature-Based Solutions Working Group is an initiative coordinated by the CONAMA Foundation and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

 

Spanish Network of Cities for Climate

The Spanish Network of Cities for Climate (RECC) is the support instrument that the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) offers to Local Governments to tackle climate change and the tool to transfer the objectives of the national policy in this field to the local level.

This Network develops projects and tools to facilitate the implementation of measures to raise awareness, mitigate and adapt to climate change by the Local Governments that make up the Network.

In addition, the RECC acts as a forum for exchange of experiences by inviting various initiatives to discuss options for adaptation to climate change. Among these debate and discussion activities, RECC organised in 2021 the climate action workshop “Nature-Based Solutions as a tool against climate change” where the learnings of LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN to date were shared. The full report on this workshop can be downloaded here.

Another of the activities organised by the RECC in which LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN played a leading role was the “Conference for the Exchange of Experiences in the Adaptation of Educational Centres to Climate Change“, which took place in February 2023 and whose programme can be consulted here.

The RECC also collaborates with the visibility of the LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN project by providing a site on its platform and through the dissemination of the Spanish version of the online training “Nature-Based Solutions: the LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN project“, developed by the project through the communication sub-action E2.2.

 

Spanish Network of Local Governments +Biodiversity

The Spanish Network of Local Governments +Biodiversity brings together Spanish Local Governments committed to the conservation and promotion of biodiversity, the protection of the water environment, the restoration of degraded natural areas, the improvement of ecological connectivity and the safeguarding of ecosystems.

One of the actions of this Network that recognises the work carried out by certain Spanish municipalities in the protection and promotion of biodiversity is the annual awarding of the Prize for Good Local Practices for Biodiversity. In the 4th edition of this award, the LIFE-myBUILDINGisGREEN project was awarded as a good local practice for biodiversity in the Flora category. The success story of this project in the educational centre of Solana de los Barros (Badajoz, Spain) was included in the Catalogue of the IV Good Practices for Biodiversity Award, which can be consulted here.

The Spanish Network of Local Governments +Biodiversity is an initiative coordinated by the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces.

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