"Municipalities as integrators and coordinators
in adaptation to climate change"
Five events, five municipalities, five groups of problems, and five excellent solutions: the participants could acquire knowledge about ecological problems – such as flash floods, inland (excess) water, or droughts – and solutions which were designed and installed at five different pilot locations – Bátya, Püspökszilágy, Rákócziújfalu, Ruzsa, and Tiszatarján. The municipalities all welcomed the implementations, not only from a technical but also from a recreational and societal point of view. Furthermore, they ensured the participants that they would gladly guide them around the pilot sites and offer more information during the excursions.
The topic of the five different occasions was the following: on the 27th of April flash floods and the runoff slowing and filtering woody dams installed at Püspökszilágy were presented. Two days later the theme of the event was floods and participants could hear about the positive impacts of the wetland grazing management at Tiszatarján. The 4th of May was about inland water and reservoir management with water steering at Rákócziújfalu, while on the 6th of May droughts and greywater recycling at Ruzsa were introduced to the public. Last but not least, on the 11th of May, the online roadshow concluded with the presentation of the restored water habitat at Bátya and additional information about complex water management issues.
The general structure of the program was similar on all five occasions. After the welcome speeches by the mayors and partners, the LIFE-MICACC program was presented. Later, environmental experts from Másfélfok news website spoke about the negative effects of climate change in connection with the daily topics. Following a short break, the General Directorate of Water Management presented the Hungarian water policy and adaptation guidelines in accordance with the National Water Strategy, while Pannon Pro Innovations Kft. publicized the knowledge-sharing LIFE-MICACC mobile application and how to use it. The last two presentations of the day without exception revolved around the pilot locations. The municipalities presented the water retention measures realized and Pannon Pro explained the relevant watershed modeling results to the audience. The occasions were always concluded with questions and answer blocks.
More than 120 individuals signed up for the online roadshow. Most of the participants came from the governmental sector, but non-government organizations, agricultural stakeholders, water management experts, and academics were also represented.
The number of participants, active participation, and feedbacks all point towards the conclusion that the online roadshow was a successful event. We hope that the mobile application will help communication, knowledge-sharing, and the exchange of experiences in the future. The application can be downloaded from the App Store or through Google Play.