Strategies and adaptation
The LIFE Garachico project consists of the creation and implementation of a flexible strategic framework that allows increasing citizen knowledge and their acceptance threshold about flood risk, through the implementation of hard and soft measures.
Holistic risk characterization and introduction to coastal flood management of the levels of acceptable risk that the population and the administration are willing to assume, are part of the way to achieve the objectives of this project.
The strategic framework developed It will be applied in a first phase in the pilot location of Garachico and its effectiveness will be verified in other locations (Puerto de la Cruz and Praia da Vitória), with different economic, geographical and environmental characteristics.
Azores, Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Madeira and the Savage Islands.
Putting the focus of action on Macaronesia will serve as a demonstration of the effectiveness of the results, which will increase the possibility of being replicated and transferred to other European regions.
The project It will be based on the European Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change (COM/2013/216) through coastal management, the protection of the tourism sector in insular areas and the adaptation of urban planning.
Measurements and results
Adaptation strategies to be developed includes two types of measures: soft and hard (hence its flexible category).
The soft ones consist of those measures that do not foresee significant constructive interventions, they are management, governance and social measures aimed at increasing the resilience of the community against coastal flooding events. On the other hand, hard measures are understood as those that are carried out through constructive interventions.
During the implementation of LIFE Garachico, an innovative risk assessment tool will be introduced for the characterization of the different socioeconomic and environmental elements within the urban coastal area: the development of a Risk assessment method (based on the exposure-hazard model -vulnerability) combined with the determination of acceptable risk levels for the population.
Creation of Regional Platform
The creation of a Regional Platform will make it possible to transfer the acquired experience and create a dialogue framework for the generation of a common space for tailored strategies for the urban coastal areas of Macaronesia.
These solutions seek to capitalize on the benefits of the project by creating market niches that benefit from the results.
In this way, it is expected that these results will contribute to increasing the tourist influx of the area by 10%.