The mid-term conference of RESPONSe project, dedicated to the climate change issues and the adoption of smart strategies by the Adriatic coastal municipalities, took place yesterday, 21st October, online.

RESPONSe project, funded by Italy-Croatia CBC Programme, promotes new strategies to increase capabilities of local public authorities (of Italian and Croatian Adriatic costal municipalities) to mitigate and adapt to effects of climate change, providing them innovative tools that could support their decision and planning policies.

After the welcome greetings of the representatives of the Croatian organizing partner, the Croatian Service for Meteorology and Hydrology (DHMZ) in the person of the director, Prof. Branka Ivancan-Picek, and by the deputy director of the Croatian Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (IZOR), Prof. Živana Nincevic Gladan, as well as Dr. Diana Gracin Petrovic, project officer at Italy-Croatia CBC Programme Joint Secretariat and Dr. Ivan Curzolo, director of Informest, RESPONSe lead partner, the conference developed the more strictly scientific and technical themes.

CONTINUATION: Lia Gover, RESPONSe project manager, briefly illustrated the activities and aims of the project and Ivan Guettler, DHMZ project manager, presented the results of the analysis of meteorological and oceanographic data, carried out in six pilot areas located along the Adriatic Sea. The analysis highlights the historical evolution of climate change in the regions and proposes reflections on the possible future evolution. The experts of the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS), Prof. Miroslav Gacic and Prof. Vedrana Kovacevic, focused on the "dialogue" existing between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, with some considerations on the effects that future climate change may have on this correlation. Changes in the frequency of Bora wind events, increases in the salinity and temperature of the Mediterranean water, frequency of Ionian circulation inversions are just some few elements indicated by the experts, who also explained in detail the current studies and laboratory researches.

The second part of the conference hosted four working groups dedicated to the assessment of territorial vulnerability, the involvement of local actors in climate change adaptation measures, alert systems as a support tool and financing for climate change adaptation actions, in which the involvement of participants, about eighty, was more active.

Important issues and thinking for the next project activities, whose main objective is to create support tools for territorial planning of the Adriatic coastal cities (in particular in the six pilot areas of Lignano Sabbiadoro, Montemarciano and Brindisi in Italy, Cres, Šibenik and the Neretva estuary in Croatia) and to support public administrations in the drafting of SECAPs, Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans. All this by the end of 2021, when the project will end.



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