The International Research Symposium BEACON: Climate Change Adaptation in the Coastal Built Environment held on June 19 and 20 in Santander, brought together researchers and professionals from various fields. Through the exchange of knowledge and multidisciplinary collaboration, it seeks to develop effective policies and methods to face the impacts of climate change in coastal regions, promoting resilience and sustainability in the built environment.
At the symposium, the LIFE Garachico project was presented by María F. Álvarez de Eulate (IHCantabria) in her talk 'Flexible adaptation strategies to coastal flooding enhanced by climate change in Macaronesia coastal urban areas'.
The exhibition in the program was within the framework of the theme 'Adaptation to climate change in the built environment and land use planning'.
BEACON (Built Environment learning for Climate adaptation - Learning to adapt to climate change in the built environment) is a project co-financed by the European Erasmus+ program that aims to develop learning about adaptation to climate change in urbanized coastal areas. The project seeks to identify the impacts of climate change on the built environment of coastal zones, develop a comprehensive framework for climate change adaptation, understand capacity gaps in climate change adaptation, and promote interdisciplinary and innovative research-based learning.
The results of the project include a review of the impacts of climate change in urbanized coastal areas, a framework for the integration of international agreements in the context of climate change impacts, a guide to good practices for the implementation of local measures, among others. These results will contribute to improving the knowledge and skills of professionals in the built environment in coastal areas, as well as inform policy making related to climate change adaptation.
BEACON is an important practical and scientific contribution to address adaptation to climate change in coastal areas, and its results are expected to be widely used by local and national authorities, international organizations and professionals in the construction sector in coastal areas.