"Municipalities as integrators and coordinators
in adaptation to climate change"
Ferenc Skobrák, Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary’s National Adaptation Centre’s representative introduced us to the most modern, planned and applicable water retention measures and their necessity. He was followed by Zita Enikő Vígh, from the National Agricultural Research and Innovative Centre, who spoke about what steps they intend to take as part of the Rural Development Program for the sustainable development and the efficient management of natural resources after 2014-2020. Following that, Eleonóra Schindler-Kormos, regional development and spatial planning referent (Pest County Council), held a presentation about the problems of urban rainwater management and water retention opportunities in Pest County. Pest county is characterized by a variety of terrain (mountains, hills, plains) so we can find various water retention and water management problems.
The forum ended with a presentation by Viktor Mátyás Farkas, a climate expert from WWF - World Wide Fund for Nature Hungary Foundation, who addressed the issue of climate change, adaptation to its effects through several national and international examples of natural water retention measures. It also presented in detail five pilot projects under the LIFE-MICACC project, highlighting the completed pilot project in Püspökszilágy, which provides a solution for flash floods in hill and mountain communities. After lunch, participants had the opportunity to attend an on-site filed trip, led by Mayor Tordai. Unfortunately the weather was not kind to the organizers, but despite the rainy weather and mud, several people were interested in the tour.
More information about the five model-worthy pilots can be found here: https://vizmegtartomegoldasok.bm.hu/en/nwrm/5_pilot
Written by Zoltán Budai, climate change adaptation (CCA) referent