LIFE-MICACC project
LIFE16 CCA/HU/000115

"Municipalities as integrators and coordinators
in adaptation to climate change"

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EUSDR Thematic Event on Climate Change and Water Management
12th October 2021

On 27th September 2021, the EUSDR Slovak Presidency in cooperation with the Water Research Institute organised a Thematic Conference on climate change adaptation challenges and opportunities in water management, where Matyas V. Farkas presented the LIFE-MICACC project.

International online conference organised by the LIFE-MICACC project
1st October 2021

The LIFE-MICACC project team will organise an international online conference in English entitled "Local climate change adaptation and water retention opportunities through the LIFE-MICACC project’s experiences" on the 28th October 2021 from 10:00 a.m.

Field visits were successfully passed off
15th August 2021

Between 21 June 2021 and 3 August 2021 field visits to the five pilot sites (Bátya, Püspökszilágy, Ruzsa, Rákócziújfalu, Tiszatarján) were organised to demonstrate natural water retention solutions.

PREMIER - Five villages five steps to tackle the climate crisis project movie
13th July 2021

In the framework of our LIFE-MICACC project, we produced a short film entitled Five villages, five steps to tackle the climate crisis.

Waiting for people interested in our field visits on site
22nd June 2021

We will organize field visits to the five pilot sites (Bátya, Püspökszilágy, Ruzsa, Rákócziújfalu, Tiszatarján) for the local authorities in Hungary, so that they can get to know better the natural water retention measures implemented in the LIFE-MICACC project.

LIFE-MICACC online roadshow between the 27th April 2021 and 11th May 2021.
9th June 2021

Hungarian municipalities, where innovative natural water retention measures were implemented within the framework of the LIFE-MICACC project, presented themselves to the public through five events of an online roadshow.

Water Risk Filter for businesses and municipalities
2nd June 2021

Water is related to many risks that can have a profound impact on the development of a municipality or company. Moreover, these risks are increasing as a result of climate change.

Adaptation Guide to the impacts of climate change for municipalities
17th May 2021

The Adaptation Guide is the latest publication of the project.

7th Hungarian Road and Railway Association Innovation Forum
13th May 2021

The Hungarian Road and Railway Association organized an online innovation forum on 29 April 2021. This time the topic of the professional platform was environmental protection in the field of road and railway development.

European Environment Agency's (EEA) Climate Change PIX – 2021 photo competition
3rd May 2021

Our climate is changing. We might not be aware of it, but climate change affects us all. For this year’s photo competition, the European Environment Agency (EEA) invites you to capture what it means to live in a changing climate in Europe, to share your take on climate change.

How can we make our settlements pollinator-friendly?
26th April 2021

In the framework of the URBACT BeePathNet project, the Association of Climate-Friendly Municipalities together with the Green Office of Hegyvidék Municipality (district XII of Budapest) is organizing a bilingual online professional conference for local authorities on 5 May 2021 on the topic of pollinator-friendly settlements.

 

Results of the online survey on national water retention measures
26th April 2021

Between 9 February 2021and 31 March 2021, we conducted another online survey on natural water retention measures within the framework of the LIFE-MICACC project.

Online Roadshow on the results of the LIFE-MICACC project
16th April 2021

The aim of the online roadshow is to present the achievements of PANNON Pro Innovation Services Ltd. and the partner municipalities in the LIFE-MICACC project, to briefly describe the impact of climate change on municipalities and local farmers, to show alternatives for the use of small-scale natural water retention measures and to promote the application developed for stakeholders.

Online conference on “Available climate and environmental resources to municipalities for the financial period 2021-2027”
9th April 2021

The Association of Climate-Friendly Municipalities is organising a new online conference with the support of the Coordination Office for Municipalities of the Ministry of Interior of Hungary, the National Association of County Municipalities, the National Association of Municipalities and the National Association of Municipalities with County Rights.

LIFE-MICACC application (3rd article)
25th March 2021

In Part 3 of our knowledge-sharing app series, we introduce the interactive features that help you stay up to date with news and events, and provide tools to increase your knowledge about natural water retention measures and climate change.

The project brochure is finally ready
22nd March 2021

We are pleased to announce the publication of the achieved results of the project so far, summarising the work of the project over the nearly 3,5 years since its launch on 1st September 2017.

Results of our online international survey on natural water retention measures
16th March 2021

As part of the LIFE-MICACC project, an online survey on natural water retention measures in neighbouring and surrounding countries was carried out between 27th November 2020 and 15th January 2021.

LIFE-MICACC application (2nd article)
23rd February 2021

In the second article about our knowledge-sharing application presents one of the main elements: the Menu, where useful information related to natural water retention measures has been collected.

Another successful online climate conference
19th February 2021

The LIFE-MICACC project hosted a climate conference on 9 February 2021 entitled “The chances of municipalities in the fight against climate change during 2021-2027”. The was organized by the Association of Climate-Friendly Municipalities (AoCFM) and the Coordination Office for Municipalities from the Ministry of Interior with the support of the National Association of County Municipalities and the National Association of Municipalities.

Presenting the constructed natural water retention measures - videos
17th February 2021

The five prototypes were already completed in five small settlements, based on natural water retention helping them to adapt to climate change in the long term. The five short films made within the project aimed to present these.

“Climate Change and Health” report
3rd February 2021

Climate change has become one of the most important environmental issues in recent decades, but its effects on human, animal, and plant health, compared to other also important issues, have received little attention so far. Numerous international studies and publications have been prepared to assess the health risks of climate change on a global scale, so it has become increasingly justified to prepare entitled “Climate Change and Health” specifically on the situation in Hungary, summarizing international and domestic scientific results.

These farmers were not waiting for anyone – they confront the drought together!
1st February 2021

According to forecasts, the impact of climate change in Hungary will be above average, with the prospect of increasingly drier and unpredictable water. However, the complex project of the Dongér-Kelőér Water Association of Jászszentlászló for the retention of groundwater was not triggered by the forecasts, but by the overall concern: the water shortage in Homokhátság is huge.

Free rainwater management concept course
27th January 2021

The DHI Hungary Group will hold a free rainwater management concept course on February 5, 2021. During the theoretical course, participants will review the principles, boundaries, and basic data requirements of the stormwater management concept.

LIFE-MICACC application (1st article)
26th January 2021

Last year within the framework of the LIFE-MICACC project natural water retention measures were implemented in 5 Hungarian municipalities to help them mitigate the negative effect of the weather extremes caused by climate change.

Online conference on “The chances of municipalities in the fight against climate change during 2021-2027”
20th January 2021

Within the framework of the LIFE-MICACC project, the Association of Climate-Friendly Municipalities and the Ministry of Interior of Hungary are organizing another online climate conference on the 9th February 2021, entitled “The chances of municipalities in the fight against climate change during 2021-2027” supported by the Association of Cities with County Status, the National Association of County Municipalities and the National Association of Municipalities.

LIFE-MICACC e-learning training course
13th January 2021

The Ministry of Interior has launched a free online training for Hungarian local governments entitled “Municipal Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change”.

We would like to bring your attention to the free e-learning training material developed within the framework of the LIFE-MICACC project coordinated by the Ministry of Interior, which deals with local adaptation to climate change and water retention.

Foregoer solutions – Focusing on climate crisis management (WWF Magazine 2020/2)
22nd December 2020

The new WWF Magazine is out now. In this issue they take a closer look at local climate adaptation opportunities from small villages to large cities, presenting the LIFE-MICACC project’s achievements.

Search for publications on nature-based solutions and climate change
11th December 2020

Researchers from Oxford University made almost 300 scientific publications available and searchable on the Nature-based Solutions Initiative’s homepage.

Determination of the volume of standard rainfall intensity with the help of the Hungarian Meteorological Service’s (OMSZ) new service
11th December 2020

The Hungarian Meteorological Service (OMSZ) has started a new, free service, helping to determine the volume of standard rainfall intensity. The aim of the service coincides with the LIFE-MICACC project’s and can provide important information to municipality which plan to design technical development on its sewage system.

LIFE-MICACC online survey for the neighbouring countries
7th December 2020

Within the framework of the project, we would like to help the strengthening of relations between Central European municipalities, the cooperation and exchange of experiences in the field of adaptation to climate change. So we prepared a short questionnaire in which we intend to assess the range of people interested in the LIFE-MICACC project. Please help the implementation of our project by filling the survey! It takes about 10 minutes to complete.

There was a great interest in the online climate conference called “Actual Challenges of Sustainable Municipal Water Management”
2nd December 2020

Within the framework of the LIFE-MICACC project, the “Actual Challenges of Sustainable Municipal Water Management” online climate conference was organized with the help of the Association of Climate-Friendly Municipalities, the Municipality of Veszprém County, the Coordination Office for Municipalities (Ministry of Interior) and the Pannon Pro Innovations Ltd., held on the 24th November 2020.

The winners of the Climate-Friendly Award have been selected
30th November 2020

This year the Association of Climate-Friendly Municipalities created an award which will be handed out every year from now on.  Because of the number and quality of applications, the Judging Committee created four categories and selected a winner for each one.

Püspökszilágy has won the “For Pest County’s Environmental Protection Award”
10th November 2020

In 2020, the awarded municipality was the Municipality of Püspökszilágy, one of the LIFE-MICACC project partners.

Online conference on the Actual Challenges of the Sustainable Municipal Water Management
9th November 2020

Another climate conference is being organised within the framework of LIFE-MICACC project by the Association of Climate-Friendly Municipalities, but this time – because of the pandemic – online.

The last press trip to Ruzsa
16th October 2020

The last press trip within the framework of the LIFE-MICACC project took place at Ruzsa, on 13th October 2020.

The series of press trips continued on Bátya
13th October 2020

The fourth press trip took place in Bátya on 8th October 2020.

Press trip to Tiszatarján
29th September 2020

The next press trip took place in Tiszatarján, on 28th September 2020. Lajosné Bögre, Mayor of Tiszatarján welcomed all the participants, especially the press staff, and gave a speech about the hard work the municipality put into creating the amazing lake system.

“Municipalities fighting against climate change” conference
23rd September 2020

On the 16th September 2020, within the framework of the LIFE-MICACC project, a conference called “Municipalities in the fight against climate change” was held at Székesfehérvár.

Another press trip, this time on Püspökszilágy
18th September 2020

The second press trip within the framework of the LIFE-MICACC project took place in Püspökszilágy, on the 17th September 2020.

The press trips have begun
11th September 2020

On the 8th September 2020 a press conference and a field trip for the media was organized, showing the finalized pilot site at Rákócziújfalu.

Five Hungarian Local Municipalities Lead the Way in Tackling Climate Change
25th August 2020

Droughts, floods and heatwaves – extreme hydrological events caused by climate change affect people living both in cities and in the countryside. According to forecasts, these extreme weather events are going to become more frequent, and will severely affect Hungarian communities. However, cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly solutions exist that can help protect against the effects of climate change.

The wildlife of Tiszatarján
20th July 2020

The following short film was made on 15 July 2020, about the intervention area of the LIFE-MICACC project and the surrounding wildlife. The drone images show the habitat of the gray cattle and water buffaloes, the floodplain lake system and the surrounding agricultural areas from a special and unique perspective.

The smart way to handle water to be good for you and for the Earth
14th July 2020

By not draining the falling rain, but keeping it in our home, we not only do good for our wallets, but we can also effectively protect against heat and drought. In addition, we can do a lot to preserve the natural treasure which is the basis of all life. WWF Hungary gives tips on how to keep water around our house.

Construction works on the external lake have started in Ruzsa
21st May 2020

Ruzsa is located on the sand ridge between the Danube and the Tisza, which is the driest area in the country. The area is often referred to only as the Hungarian desert, which has been named because it has been struggling with water scarcity for decades and is in danger of total desertification.

The construction works in Tiszatarján will be completed soon
21st May 2020

Tiszatarján is located in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county, in Mezőcsát province. The settlement is located on the banks of the Tisza, a quarter of its territory belongs to the floodplain of said river. The floodplain is extremely vulnerable to unpredictable, severe floods, persistent and increasingly frequent droughts and inland water

Construction works started in Rákócziújfalu in early April
11th May 2020

Rákócziújfalu, located in the middle section of the Tisza river basin, is extremely exposed to inland floods ant the growing water shortage, which is further accelerated by the intensive agriculture in the area.

The construction works have begun on Bátya
11th May 2020

Bátya is a perfect prototype for local communities, showing how multi –basin wetlands can be used to deal with various water-related climatic events (in this case, drought and extreme rainfall).

How to preserve our water?
9th April 2020

Two short animated films have been made, which illustrates the natural water retention measures (NWRM) implemented within the framework of the LIFE-MICACC project for a lowland and a highland settlement.

Nearly 700 seedlings were planted in Bátya as a part of a greening campaign
17th March 2020

On Marc 11, 2020 the Municipality of Bátya organized a tree planting event, during which nearly 700 saplings were planted at the pilot site.

National forum promoting local adaptation to climate change in Pest County
11th March 2020

The forum, “To promote local adaptation to climate change”, was organized by the National Society of Conservationists, the Municipality of Püspökszilágy and the WWF - World Wide Fund for Nature Hungary Foundation, on 4 March 2020, Püspökszilágy.

This year’s EUWIC conference was held in Zaragoza
17th December 2019

This year’s EU Water Innovation Conference (EUWIC 2019) was held in Zaragoza (Spain), between the 11th and 13th December, 2019. The conference’s main topic was the effective management of water pollution and preparation for water-related climate change in the European Union.

Water management and climate challenges – in the context of climate change
25th November 2019

Within the framework of the LIFE-MICACC project the second two days of the III. Climate Adaptation Training were organized, this time in Budapest, for the leaders and colleagues of interested municipalities involved from the river basin of the five partner municipalities.

LIFE-MICACC project got presented to water management experts
20th November 2019

From November 19th 2019 the “National Municipal Water Management and Water Utility Conference“ was held in Győr by the General Directorate of Water Management.  

Pond from drops in Ruzsa
5th November 2019

We are nearly at the end of the investment of a cleaned drinking water’s decanted water artificial reservoir in the Dózsa park, downtown Ruzsa.

Networking visit to the LIFE SHARA project
15th October 2019

The 3rd networking visit within the framework of the LIFE-MICACC project took place in Madrid, Spain between 8th and 10th October 2019.  The aim of the visited LIFE SHARA project is to increase the adaptation and resilience of society to climate change on the Iberian Peninsula.

Project presentation ceremony in Püspökszilágy
9th October 2019

Within the framework of the LIFE-MICACC project, the first complete pilot project was presented on 5 October 2019, in Püspökszilágy.

The LIFE-MICACC project was presented at the following session of the Climate Change Platform of Pest County
5th October 2019

The General Assembly of Pest County held it’s 8th climate change platform’s meeting. At the event several national experts drew attention to the importance of climate change and rainwater management.

The LIFE-MICACC project was also presented within the framework of the NAGiS conference
1st October 2019

Within the framework of the Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary’s (MBFSZ) KEHOP-1.1.0-15-2016-00007 project, entitled “Further development of the National Adaptation Geo-information System (NAGiS)”, on 19th September 2019 the ”Climate Leadership Academy” was held in Budapest.

Study trip to France
23rd September 2019

Within the framework of the “Municipalities as integrators and coordinators in adaptation to climate change”, LIFE16 CCA/HU/000115 (hereinafter referred to as “LIFE-MICACC”) project, the fifth study trip took place between the 16th and 18th September 2019, in the Marais-Poitevin Regional National Park, France.

Adapt to climate change - Get an idea from our new publications!
16th September 2019

We are pleased to inform you that three of the 4 project publications on climate change adaptation and water management have already been prepared and now are available on the website.

 

Drying Hungary
25th July 2019

Hungary is a water superpower! – many people say. However, this statement is only partially true. Why? This is illustrated in the figure below. We obtain water from three different sources in Hungary: rainfall, groundwater resources and rivers. Let’s look at these three sources of water separately.

Field visit to Püspökszilágy
19th July 2019

On July 11, 2019, we visited Püspökszilágy together with the General Directorate of Water Management (GDWM), the World Wide Fund for Nature Hungary Foundation (WWF) and the Ministry of Interior (MoI).

The LIFE-MICACC team travelled to Crete Island
11th July 2019

At the end of June 2019, the LIFE-MICACC project travelled to Crete to attend an international conference on adaptation to climate change organized by the LIFE project.

Runoff modelling in pilot sites – useful data for preparation
10th July 2019

One of the undertaken commitments of the LIFE-MICACC project is to conduct runoff modelling in pilot sites at the five municipal partners to provide decision makers with accurate input data on adaptation options (for example natural water retention measures) using specific geographic data.

LIFE-MICACC project at the meeting of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River
2nd July 2019

On 26-27 June 2019, the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) was organized by the Ministry of Interior in Budapest.

Too much/little water in the catchment area – A common value and a challenge
26th June 2019

For the third time, on 18-19 June 2019, Climate Adaptation Training was held within the framework of the LIFE-MICACC project entitled “Municipalities as integrators and coordinators in adaptation to climate change”, this time in Lajosmizse, for the leaders and staff of interested municipalities involved in the catchment area of the five partner municipalities involved in the project.

Networking visit in Denmark
25th June 2019

The participants visited a traditional and an integrated Life project to build relationships, to exchange knowledge and experience, and learn about local Danish solutions to adapt to climate change.

For local governments – Call for tender KEHOP – 1.2.1, “Developing local climate strategies and shaping attitudes to strengthen climate awareness” was published
7th June 2019

The tender called KEHOP-1.2.1, entitled “Developing local climate strategies and shaping attitudes to strengthen climate awareness” was published with a budget of HUF 3.19 billion. 

This year we also participated in the LIFE Information Day
15th May 2019

The Ministry of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, organized the LIFE Information Day 2019 and the first LIFE Exhibition on April 16, 2019, where to our LIFE-MICACC project also was invited to participate as a presenter and exhibitor.

The V. Regional Conference Series of the Ministry of Interior was successfully completed
29th April 2019

The V. Regional Conference on the “Municipal Development Monitoring II.” project was held between 26 March and 11 April 2019.

Our municipalities are looking for catchment-level partners
17th April 2019

Water respects no administrative boundaries. Cross-border local cooperation is needed to solve many water-related problems, therefore our five municipalities started to contact the leaders of neighbouring municipalities.

This year’s LIFE INFO DAY will be held in April
2nd April 2019

The Ministry of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, organizes the LIFE Information Day 2019 and the first LIFE Exhibition on April 16, 2019, where to our LIFE-MICACC project  has been invited as a presenter and exhibitor.

Shooting of the five short video film started
8th March 2019

In the frame of the project we introduce the whole pilot process from designing the NWRMs to the physical implementation by shooting short videos on the pilot sites. In winter 2018 we started to prepare these video films and according to our plans we finalize them by summer 2020.

Memorial Day of the Tisza Wildlife
25th February 2019

In the framework of the LIFE-MICACC project, the Association of Climate-Friendly Municipalities organizes a number of events to raise awareness of climate change and protect our waters.

Second international conference on Perspectives of Local Governments in Central Europe – Practice and Innovations”
22nd February 2019

We invite you to participate on the second international conference on „Perspectives of Local Governments in Central Europe – Practice and Innovations” within the framework of „Municipal Development Monitoring II.

Bátya on a roadshow
15th February 2019

The Municipality of Bács-Kiskun County launched a series of events entitled “Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan – SECAP”, which was also invited by the Municipality of Bátya to present the completed SECAP plan to the other municipalities in the county.

River Rehabilitation in Austria
5th February 2019

In addition to the LIFE-MICACC project, WWF Hungary carries out a number of other national and international projects to protect the environment, to mitigate the effects of climate change and to preserve species diversity.

The residents are looking forward to launching the project in Bátya with increasing enthusiasm and joy
22nd January 2019

Last Saturday, the annual public hearing was held in Bátya, where among other things the plans of the pilot project in the settlement were presented to those who were interested.

The second two days of the II. Climate Adaptation Training
6th December 2018

In the frame of the LIFE-MICACC project, the next training event took place on 29- 30th November 2018 in Kecskemét. The second part of the four-days training was held to the external cooperating partner municipalities who presented their vulnerability assessments and adaptation ideas. The representatives of the participant municipalities also had the opportunity to consult with the invited experts in different fields.

Conference on “Municipalities’ Possibilities in Water Related Fields of Climate Adaptation” was a success
23rd November 2018

On 20 and 22 November 2018, a conference entitled “Municipalities’ Possibilities in Water Related Fields of Climate Adaptation” was held in the framework of the LIFE-MICACC project, hosted by the towns of Szolnok and Székesfehérvár.

Bátya also participated in the professional forum of the mayors of Bács-Kiskun County
13th November 2018

The Bács-Kiskun County Municipality organized the Bács-Kiskun County Mayors' Professional Forum for the eighth time in this election cycle, which was hosted by the Four Points by Sheraton Kecskemét Hotel & Conference Centre on 9-10 November 2018.

Vulnerability assessment as a first step of climate change adaptation
6th November 2018

For a municipality to become the motor of climate change adaptation, integrating and coordinating the local knowledge and skills, they first have to discover the settlement’s resources regarding society and natural environment, their plans and ambitions, the municipality’s vulnerability and exposure to climate change, and of course their ability to adaptation.

LIFE-MICACC project team organizes a National Climate Conference in November
26th October 2018

The Coordination Office for Municipalities organizes two conferences for local municipalites in West-Hungary and East-Hungary in November 2018.

The LIFE-MICACC’s team traveled to England
10th October 2018

Between 25th and 28th September 2018 the LIFE-MICACC team traveled to the United Kingdom (to the villages of Belford and Pickering) as their second and third study trip. 16 municipalities from Hungary were represented on the trip.

Project partners on a roadshow
2nd October 2018

Between 4th and 20th September, 2018 the Ministry of Interior’s Coordination Office for Municipalities held a roadshow of six events within the framework of a project, called - Municipal Development Monitoring II.

Big step of a small municipality – the associate of Bács-Kiskun County’s Climate Program visited Bátya
14th September 2018

The associates of Bács-Kiskun County’s Climate Program visited Bátya to get acquainted with the local implementation of the LIFE-MICACC project.

The 4th Regional Conference Series of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) of Hungary will begin soon
22nd August 2018

Between the 4th and 20th of September 2018, the MoI’s Coordination Office for Municipalities is holding a conference series in six different regions of Hungary. The aim of the conference is to present the relevant current projects of the MoI and research results of the “Municipal Development Monitoring II.” project for the local governments and their delegates of each region.

 

The 10th Festival of Garlic and Village Day was held in Bátya
14th August 2018

The high temperature measured on Saturday this summer made an effect on all programs of Bátya’s 10th Festival of Garlic and Village Day, where the LIFE-MICACC project’s team also participated.

The first two days of the second climate adaptation training
20th July 2018

Another successful training event was organised in the LIFE-MICACC project.  The first two days of the second climate adaptation training was held at 3-4 July 2018 in the city of Kecskemét. The workshop-type training aimed to prepare staff members involved in the project as an external co-operative partner for local vulnerability assessments.

LIFE-MICACC study trip to the Czech Republic
8th June 2018

LIFE-MICACC study trip to the Czech Republic

On the first foreign study trip 15-16th May 2018 the LIFE-MICACC team with all the project partner organizations visited the Czech Republic (Municipalities of Šardice, Hostivice and Nenačovice). 

Short report about the half-year progress of the LIFE-MICACC project
22nd February 2018

The “Municipalities as integrators and coordinators in adaptation to climate change” LIFE16 CCA/HU/000115 (LIFE_MICACC) project has begun at 1st of September 2017 with the leadership of the Ministry of Interior of Hungary and with the participation of nine Partners.

Project partners

Minister of Interior Bátya KTSZ General Directorate of Water Management (OVF) Pannon Pro Innovations Püspökszilágy Rákócziújfalu Ruzsa Tiszatarján WWF Hungary