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adapting to climate change through territorial strategies


There is no denying that climate change triggers

InterregIVC of the EU structural funds. The project

extreme weather conditions, often causing loss

runs from 1 January 2010 until 31 December 2013.

of biodiversity, economic viability, and even lives.

Fourteen partners from 8 European regions are

Policy makers at a regional and local level are now


facing a huge challenge of dealing with the effects of climate change. However, there is a big gap between

In F:ACTS!, partners mutually learn from each other.

the increasing amount of scientific research on the

They call in each others expertise, and do coaching

subject, and concrete and necessary actions on a

visits and internships in each others organisations.

regional and local level. F:ACTS! aims to close that gap

Scientists and experts involved in partner organisations also collect shared knowledge and good

F:ACTS! is a European partnership project that focuses

practices on a European level. In 5 pilot projects, real

on increasing resilience of risk prone areas to respond

life policy interventions are prepared and executed as

to and recover from extreme weather conditions

a learning by practise. In conclusion of the project,

due to climate change. The F:ACTS! project is co-

each partner region will produce a policy paper.

financed by the interregional cooperation programme


5 Pilot projects The project looks F (or concrete): ACT(ion)S!, therefore the knowledge exchanged between partners will be implemented directly in five pilot areas. The pilots focus on areas

Carrio (Lugo), Galicia

experiencing problems with forest fires, floods or droughts, and loss of biodiversity. The pilots will deliver important outcome for policy makers and practitioners.


Baixo Vouga Lagunar (Aveiro), Portugal

De Wijers (Limburg), Flandersl

Varna (Severoiztochen), Bulgaria

Strofylia (Achaia), Western Greece



Carrio • Lugo • Galicia, Spain The main problem that affects practically the entire area of Galicia is the risk of forest fires, caused by droughts in combination with the abandonment of agricultural land.



Strofylia • Achaia • Western Greece The National Park of KotychiStrofylia is a Natura 2000 forest, RAMSAR wetland of International Importance and Specially Protected Area for Birds, that suffers from forest fires. The multifunctional land use along with the weather conditions (winds, droughts, high temperatures) trigger extended forest fires, loss of biodiversity and slow sustainable development.

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De Wijers • Limburg • Flanders, Belgium De Wijers is a Natura 2000 pond area suffering from both floods and droughts, causing problems for the vulnerable pond systems.



Baixo Vouga Lagunar • Aveiro • Portugal Baixo Vouga Lagunar is a Natura 2000 wetland with a strong interrelation between agriculture and nature. The increase of the sea l evel , ca u s i n g s a l t intrusion, and river floods are leading to a loss of biodiversity.”



Varna Lagunar • Severoiztochen • Bulgaria Varna is a highly urbanized area, coping with heavy rain causing floods, leading to overflowing sewer systems. As a consequence coastal swimming water quality is diminishing. Droughts in summer lead to shortage of drinking water.


The partnership will • Stimulate exchange of knowledge and experience • Contribute to build new tools, policies and capacity to adapt land use to climate change • Use integrated territorial strategies to achieve these goals


Partnership consists of 15 partners from 7 countries. • Dienst Landelijk Gebied – lead partner, NL • Van Hall Larenstein, part of Wageningen UR,NL • Gemeente Almere, NL • Vlaamse Landmaatschappij, BE • Provincie Limburg, BE • Municipality of Varna, BG • Prefecture of Achaia, EL • Unione Nazionale Comuni Comunità ed Enti Montani, IT • National Land service, LT • Ministry of Agriculture, LT • General Directorate for Agriculture and Rural development, PT • General Directorate for Spatial planning and urban Development, PT • Regional Ministry of Rural Affairs, ES • University of Santiago de Compostela, ES


timeline 5 Thematic workshops 5 Study visits

5 pilot actions 8 partner regions 14 partners 8 Regional policy papers 3 reference areas

50 Coaching visits 15 Internships

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Study visits, internships and coaching visits to share

Five pilot areas where concrete actions put gained

examples of good practices between partners

knowledge into practice, and eight policy papers for looking toward the future

• FINDING SOLUTIONS TOGETHER: Workshops to identify problems and learning needs,


which are taken into account during the whole course

Good practice guide will be shared on a European level

of the project. Solutions found will be applied directly in the pilot projects.


Please visit for more information! Responsible publisher Dienst Landelijk Gebied Herman Gorterstraat 5 3511 EW Utrecht

Postbus 20021 3502 LA Utrecht T 030 275 66 00


European Project on Land Development


European Project on Land Development