Ecorkwaste participates in a meeting of the European project LIFE CLINOMICS
This July, Vilafranca del Penedès has hosted a meeting in the framework of the European project LIFE CLINOMICS "Opportunities and challenges of the economy and the local society to adapt to climate change".
This is the second session of the Territorial Committee on Adaptation to Climate Change (MeTACC) in Alt Penedès, where different experiences were shared in the region, including Ecorkwaste project, funded by LIFE program, which is aimed at demonstrating technical, environmental and economic feasibility of a byproduct from the cork industry valorization system, according to the size of byproduct from the cork industry particles.
The Ecorkwaste representative explained that the wetland is operating correctly and that the recommended circulation of water has already been found to maximize the absorption of nitrates, pesticides and heavy metals by corks particles with the purpose of improving the quality of treated water. The monitoring of the wetland will be carried out throughout the period of the harvest to ensure its correct operation.
On the other hand, on the gasification plant, it was explained that the plant is almost finished and that it will only be necessary to calculate the appropriate granulometry of the cork for its gasification.
The session also focused on the analysis of the priority risks identified and their consequences on the agricultural, wine, forestry and tourism sectors in the region.
In addition to Ecorkwaste, other organizations and projects shared its experiences such as ADF Penedès Garraf in the forestry sector, Santa Margarida i els Monjos City Council and Penedès Tourism Promotion Consortium in tourist sector and Vilafranca del Penedès City Council in the agricultural-wine sector.
In the framework of the day, IRTA also presented a deep the diagnosis of climatic vulnerability of the Alt Penedès.
LIFE CLINOMICS project, funded by EU seeks to launch new investment processes of public bodies, especially municipalities and private companies of some representative sectors, in order to reduce their vulnerability, to anticipate climate impacts and to increase their resilience, improving competitiveness and increasing occupation.
Climate change threats people welfare, built heritage, economic activity, urban systems and natural systems.
Currently, many activities in the territories are not ready to face the new climatic conditions. There is a high vulnerability of public services and economic activities to this phenomenon.
The Life Clinomics seeks to launch new investment processes of public bodies, especially municipalities and private companies of some representative sectors, in order to reduce their vulnerability, to anticipate climate impacts and to increase their resilience, improving competitiveness and increasing occupation.
The project aims at increasing resilience of Mediterranean local authorities through intervention in three territories (Terres de l’Ebre, Alt Penedès and Montseny Natural Park – Biosphere Reserve) and in different economic activities (tourism, fisheries, agriculture and forestry).