"Municipalities as integrators and coordinators
in adaptation to climate change"
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, which were attended by domestic municipalities and local stakeholders, as well as representatives of NGOs and the media. A total of 16 field visits were organised in the five municipalities, attended by more than 260 people.
Both the municipality concerned and the Ministry of the Interior received a number of enquiries following each field visit about further opportunities for applications. The topic of water retention can be found on the priorities of the TOP+ and KEHOP+ programmes for the 2021-2027 funding period, which could provide an excellent opportunity to implement these and similar near-natural solutions.
Municipalities facing similar problems could not only draw inspiration from the implemented natural water retention solutions and the experiences of the mayors, but also have the opportunity to build new relationships, encourage and support each other, or even brainstorm on a future joint application.