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MAC-CLIMA is a project focused on the study of the island territories of Macaronesia whose main objective is to consolidate an international scientific observation network in the region in order to define coordinated strategies for climate monitoring, both atmospheric and oceanographic.

Under the title “Meteorological and oceanic observation system as a tool to promote resilience and adaptation to climate change in the cooperation space”, MAC-CLIMA focuses on strengthening resilience capacity and preserving the vital resources of the populations of the Macaronesian region. It focuses on aspects such as water supply, productive sectors, coastal infrastructures against rising sea levels, public health, and many other areas where changes due to climate change are expected.

The Insular Energy Council of Gran Canaria is the main beneficiary of the project, which has a consortium made up of 12 organizations, including the Canary Islands Institute of Technology, a public R&D&i center attached to the Ministry of Economy, Knowledge and Employment of the Canary Islands Government.

The project (with code MAC2/3.5b/254) is co-financed by the Interreg MAC 2014-2020 Cooperation Program, within Axis 3 "Promoting adaptation to climate change and risk prevention and management".

ITC's activity focuses on:

  • Studies related to the impact of climate change on the industrial cycle of water and hydraulic infrastructures (increase in water temperature, influence on catchments, forecasts of increases in demand, forecast for floods, etc.). Case studies: Canary Islands, Porto Santo, Cape Verde
  • Vulnerability analysis of the urban integral water cycle and general proposals for mitigation and adaptation measures: Case study: North of Gran Canaria and South Santiago 
  • Definition of general eco-ordinances for the urban integral water cycle so that they can be transferred and adapted locally in the different regions, mainly considering issues related to desalination infrastructures and materials, among others.
    E-training courses on Introduction to Climate Change and Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies (based on ADAPTaRES experience, in 3 languages, to be launched in all regions).
  • Adapt and capitalize existing information material and tools previously developed in the field of other projects.

MAC-CLIMA is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the following being of special interest:

  • Consejo Insular de la Energía de Gran Canaria. Canarias. España.
  • Secretaria Regional de Ambiente, Recursos Naturais e Alterações Climáticas. Madeira. Portugal.
  • Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET). Canarias. España.
  • Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação, Tecnologia e Inovação (ARDITI). Madeira. Portugal.
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias, S.A. (ITC). Canarias. España.
  • Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). Canarias. España.
  • Cabildo Insular de El Hierro. Canarias. España.
  • Cabildo Insular de Lanzarote. Canarias. España.
  • Cabildo Insular de Tenerife. Canarias. España.
  • Office National de la Météorologie (ONM). Mauritania.
  • Agence Nationale de l’Aviation Civile et de la Météorologie (ANACIM). Senegal.
  • Institut National de Météorologie et de Géophysique (INMG). Cabo Verde.

November 2019 - October 2022 (36 months)

Main Objective:

Promote the progressive creation of an institutional, scientific and social fabric between the countries of the cooperation area to work in a coordinated manner in the area of ​​adaptation and mitigation of climate change

Specific Objectives:

  1. Promote and develop a joint strategy that allows the event of climate change to be monitored in a coordinated and precise manner within the area of ​​cooperation and to promote the production of scientific knowledge that helps to understand this event with maximum precision.
  2. Promote the establishment of policies and measures for adaptation and mitigation of climate change for the protection of human populations, resources and infrastructure throughout the area of ​​cooperation that may be affected by natural disasters derived from this event .
  3. Promote and improve the processes of awareness and social appropriation of the knowledge associated with the event of climate change among citizens, local public entities and companies in the area of ​​cooperation.