News

09.06.2020

ALICE partners develop three strategies based on nature to prevent natural disasters in Cantabria

How do Blue and Green Infrastructure Networks can prevent natural disasters while assuring the provision of ecosystem services?

On World Environment Day, the Environmental Hydraulics Institute of the University of Cantabria IHCantabria, coordinator of the European Project ALICE, and the Basque Center for Climate Change (BC3), show how Blue and Green Infrastructure Networks (BGINs) can prevent natural disasters while assuring the provision of ecosystem services.

Through the analysis of different natural disasters in Cantabria, experts have highlighted the negative impact they have on the regulation of their ecosystems. Said impact is aggravated by the growing trend to replace native forests with monocultures for logging, as well as frequent fires that mainly affect shrubs and grasslands throughout the region, among other actions primarily of anthropogenic origin.

In order to prevent future natural disasters and move towards more sustainable socio-economic and environmental policies, researchers from IHCantabria and BC3 have developed three strategies: (learn more here)

  • Re-naturalization of the fluvial and riparian ecosystems of Híjar river to reduce the flooding risk in Reinosa;
  • Prescribed burning of grass as a tool for sustainable forest management, farming, pasture maintenance or greenhouse sink and a way to control fire hazard;
  • Consolidation of several riparian buffers along six of the water courses of the Monte Corona to match the productive use with the conservation of the natural values and the regulatory ecosystem services provided by the native forests.

For each of these strategies a video has been made to illustrate the interventions and key actors, as Government of Cantabria, investigators from University of Cantabria and Forest Fire Prevention Teams technicians:

ALICE project, a consortium of 11 partners, aims to improve the management of Atlantic landscapes using a series of hydrographic basins in Spain, Portugal, France and Northern Ireland as case studies. It also proposes the use of nature-based solutions to favor ecosystem services and biodiversity, through the implementation of BGINs.

Source: ALICE project

Published on: 2020-06-09


Panorama Magazine highlights the value of Interreg transnational programmes

11.07.2019

Atlantic Area project AYCH featured as an example of good practice in the entrepreneurship category

Interreg to organize workshop during the European Week of Regions & Cities

10.10.2019, Brussels

The future of transnational cooperation: what impact in a changing Europe?

ACLUNAGA hosted the fourth CONSORTEX Steering Committee meeting

03-04.07.2019, Vigo

Partners are working to build an export corsortia involving SMEs promoting the competitiveness of the shipbuilding sector

SEAFUEL shares its experience in the inaugural seminar of the Hydrogen Utilisation & Green Energy Project

16.07.2019, Galway

This event will be the occasion to discuss opportunities and challenges for the deployment of hydrogen technologies in peripheral areas

Atlantic Area Managing Authority joins the European Transnational Cooperation Conference

21.06.2019, Lisboa

This conference is focused on the benefits of territorial cooperation addressing its added value for Portugal

REDAWN presents the pilot power plant to recover valuable energy lost in water irrigation systems

29.05.2019, Córdoba

The project works to improve the energy efficiency of water networks in the Atlantic regions

Atlantic Area is hosting its first Interreg volunteer

12.06.2019

The IVY initiative provides the opportunity for young volunteers to take part in European projects and support cooperation in the EU

Interreg North West Europe programme visits the Atlantic Area

21.05.2019, Porto

The exchange included a visit to AtlaS.HW, a project dealing with sustainability of the Urban World Heritage Sites

IN.40 project organizes the International Forum Technologies 4.0 applicable to the Shipbuilding Sector

14.05.2019, Vigo

The project aims to improve the competitiveness of the naval sector

Atlantic Area project INTEGRATE organizes event on Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture

09.05.2019, Porto

The one-day conference focuses on the opportunities to foster sustainability in the Atlantic Area