"Municipalities as integrators and coordinators
in adaptation to climate change"
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
On Marc 11, 2020 the Municipality of Bátya organized a tree planting event, during which nearly 700 saplings were planted at the pilot site.
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 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.
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.
From November 19th 2019 the “National Municipal Water Management and Water Utility Conference“ was held in Győr by the General Directorate of Water Management.
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.
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.
Within the framework of the LIFE-MICACC project, the first complete pilot project was presented on 5 October 2019, in Püspökszilágy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 on the “Municipal Development Monitoring II.” project was held between 26 March and 11 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Coordination Office for Municipalities organizes two conferences for local municipalites in West-Hungary and East-Hungary in November 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.
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.
The associates of Bács-Kiskun County’s Climate Program visited Bátya to get acquainted with the local implementation of the LIFE-MICACC project.
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 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.
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
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).
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.