Participatory and multi-level governance process to design a transformational climate change adaptation project at Cala Millor beach from an integrated and multidisciplinary science-based approach

Reference: LIFE21-GIC-ES-LIFE AdaptCalaMillor/101074227 | Acronym: LIFE21-GIC-ES-LIFE AdaptCalaMillor

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

Beaches are among the most vulnerable ecosystems to mean sea-level rise (MSLR) due to the erosion of the shoreline and coastal flooding. Under natural conditions, beaches can adapt by retreating, provided enough landward space and sediment supply are available. Instead, urban beaches have a limited adaptation capacity because they are heavily urbanized and lack of accommodation space. The Balearic Islands (Spain), due to their insular nature and the importance of tourism, are especially vulnerable to climate change. Recent studies have analysed the exposition, vulnerability and flooding risks in sandy beaches. The results at mid and long-term points to the loss and retreat of beaches and a high exposition of buildings and infrastructures which imply a great loss of recreational value. Local adaptation projects in urban beaches need science-based long-term evolution studies and high-resolution data to develop extreme events projections. Besides, the alternatives for long-term adaptation imply transformational changes in the urban ecosystem that require a political and social debate and a broad social consensus. Cala Millor is a seaside tourist resort in Mallorca whose population almost triples in the summer season. Urbanization has affected the capacity of the beach to recover from erosion and this situation is a major concern for local stakeholders and the tourism sector who are currently looking for solutions in collaboration with scientists and the regional government. LIFE AdaptCalaMillor will develop a participatory and multi-level governance approach to select potential measures for the progressive and long-term adaptation of Cala Millor to climate change. This project will integrate the physical, environmental, socio-economic and urban dimensions attending at the same time to the social needs and demands of citizens and stakeholders, showing that transformational changes to adapt sun and beach tourist destinations to climate change are possible.


ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


Reference: LIFE21-GIC-ES-LIFE AdaptCalaMillor/101074227
Acronym: LIFE21-GIC-ES-LIFE AdaptCalaMillor
Start Date: 01/01/2023
End Date: 30/04/2027
Total Eligible Budget: 2,294,047 €
EU Contribution: 1,376,424 €
Project Location:

CONTACT DETAILS


Coordinating Beneficiary: COMUNIDAD AUTONOMA DE LAS ILLES BALEARS - Dirección General de Energia y Cambio Climatico (DGECC)
Legal Status: PUBLIC
Address: .C/ del Calçat, 2A (Polígon Son Valentí), 07011, Palma de Mallorca, España
Contact Person: Jose Guillermo Malagrava Rigo
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ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

NATURA 2000 SITES

Type Code Name
SCI ESZZ16002 Canal de Menorca
SCI ES5310096 Punta de n'Amer

BENEFICIARIES

Name Type
CONSORCI DE TURISME DE SON SERVERA I SANT LLORENC D'ES CARDASSAR Participant
UNIVERSITAT DE LES ILLES BALEARS Participant
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS Participant
FUNDACION INSTITUTO DE HIDRAULICA AMBIENTAL DE CANTABRIA Participant
UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA Participant
FUNDACION CONAMA Participant
SOCIB - CONSORCIO PARA EL DISENO, CONSTRUCCION, EQUIPAMIENTO Y EXPLOTACION DEL SISTEMA DE OBSERVACION COSTERO DE LAS ILLES BALEARS Participant
COMUNIDAD AUTONOMA DE LAS ILLES BALEARS Coordinator
ASSOCIACIO HOTELERA BADIA DE CALA MILLOR - SA COMA Participant
LAND LAB LABORATORIO DE PAISAJES SLP Participant