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Ezines

The Dutch city of Nijmegen is becoming well-known because of its planning approach that combines large scale climate adaptation measures with a strong emphasis on spatial quality.

Nijmegen is situated along the Waal river, one of Europe’s largest transport and ecological corridors. More than 250M euro has been spent on a new bypass of the Waal, called the Mirror Waal, one of the major urban examples of the Dutch Room for the River project.

This e-zine shows the Mirror Waal project. From awareness of upcoming flooding risks, via complex planning and design efforts into the final result, including innovative ecological engineering, new sport activities and spontaneous festivals.

In the metropolitan area of Valencia the water use is intense and the region suffers from frequent droughts due to climate conditions.

Valencia is surrounded by an agricultural landscape with deep cultural significance and with a multi-sectoral structure in which irrigated agriculture plays an important role in the consumption of water.

The Albufera Natural Park, less than 10 km south of Valencia, is a freshwater lagoon and its surroundings rice plots.

Given the predicted adverse effects of climate change, it is important for the City of Valencia to develop adaptation strategies for the future climate.

The mandate for the INNOVA project is to develop a climate service that satisfies the water use needs to support the distribution of potable water to its users.

Hub Kiel Bay on the Baltic shore of Germany, one of the most important tourist hotspots in the region. An essential element of its attractiveness to the seasonal influx of tourists is its sandy beaches.

Changes to the character of the beach, and the beach experience, can therefore have an impact on tourism. Beach wrack is amix of algae and seaweed that is naturally washed onto the beach.

This e-zine describes the effects and opportunities of beach wrack washed up on shores of Kiel Bay.

Beaches with large volumes of beach wrack generally considered, by tourists, to be “dirty”, which detracts from its attraction. “Dirty” or unattractive beaches attract fewer visitors, and reduces economic activity associated with a beach experience, i.e. food sales, canopy and chair rentals, hotel accommodation, etc.

As a result, local communities on the Kiel Bay remove beach wrack in the tourist season on a daily basis. The INNOVA project is investigating whether this natural process is being affected by climate change and at the same time show solutions how this material can be regarded as a resource.

The fourth INNOVA e-zine presents the activities and background of Guadeloupe and Martinique as part of the INNOVA project.

These French West-Indies islands (FWI) are investigating solutions to reduce their vulnerability to global climate change.

During the last decades, the FWI were subject to many and intense climate impacts on agricultural production.

This e-zine continues the INNOVA project narrative describing the four projects ’hubs’.

The previous e-zines focused on the Mirror Waal project in the Nijmegen area (the Netherlands); the water management issues in the Valencia metropolitan area (Spain), and the beach resources and environmental problems of the Kiel Bay (Germany).

This e-zine highlights the environmental and climatic challenges related to the agro-ecological transition of predominantly banana and sugar cane production, to more sustainable and locally important crops for Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Even so, both these crops are important contributors to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the FWI.

Kaohsiung is a tropical city in the South of Taiwan. It is one of the three larger Taiwan cities. It is a major international port and industrial city in the southwest of Taiwan. Kaohsiung has a land area of approximately 3000 square kilometers. It accommodates a population of over 2.77 million people; 2 million of them live in the metropolitan area.

The city is known for its industries and harbor, Love River, agriculture, mountains and history:

  • Main industries are the large shipbuilding factories, steel factories, and petrochemical plants. Recently the software technology park and semiconductor technology park were built.
  • The Love River is of great cultural and touristic significance.
  • Fruits vegetables and rice are the main agricultural products of Kaohsiung. Kaohsiung is dubbed the City of Fruit in Taiwan. It is the largest producer of high-value crops such as guava, jujubes, banana and lychees among many others.
  • The mountains in the North East are important natural attractions.
  • Kaohsiung has a long lasting history as can be seen in some ancient buildings.

The tropic metropole Kaohsiung already faces a wide variety of disasters. The influence of climate change makes them even more complex.