Holding of the second workshop of the European BINGO project
22 November 2016
Badalona was the venue for the second workshop of the European research project Bringing INnovation to onGOing water management-a better future under climate change (BINGO), the aim of which is to provide knowledge and propose solutions to complete water cycle managers to confront the challenges associated with climate change.
The project, which began in July 2015 and will last for four years, is analyzing the average and extreme conditions of climate change scenarios in six areas throughout Europe through the following case studies: River Tagus (Portugal), Badalona (Spain), Troodos Mountains (Cyprus), River Wupper basin (Germany), Veluwe (Netherlands) and Bergen (Norway). In relation to the case study of Badalona, the specific objective is to increase urban resilience in the face of flooding and problems arising from the combined sewer overflows (CSO).
The working methodology of the project is based on collaboration and interrelations with the main water cycle players of Badalona (the so-called Communities of Practice). Therefore, over the whole of the project, collaborative workshops have been defined to invite the local stakeholders, these being Badalona City Council, Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB), Aigües de Barcelona, Port of Badalona, CETaqua, the Sea School and other local institutions.
This second workshop analyzed whether Badalona is prepared to face the challenges arising from climate change, and to jointly define possible adaptation measures to be applied to the municipality, which shall be considered during the research project. The introduction of sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS), the construction of new retention tanks, an increase in catchment drains or comprehensive cleaning and control solutions are some of the measures indicated in the meeting, together with the need for good information and public and political awareness in order to implement these adaptation measures.
The workshop was organized by SUEZ Advanced Solutions and Badalona City Council, coordinators of the Badalona case study. The welcome event included the participation of the councillor Àlex Mañas, of the Director of Urban Drainage of SUEZ Advanced Solutions, Pere Malgrat, and the Director of AIRCUD, the research centre of SUEZ Advanced Solutions in Urban Drainage, Montse Martínez.