Šibenik-Knin County Wins ”Mediterranean Climate Change Adaption” Award

Lauren Simmonds

As Morski writes on the 31st of May, 2019, the fourth European Conference on Climate Change Adaptation was held in Portugal (Lisbon) from the 28th to the 31st of May this year, and Dr. Sanja Slavica Matešić, head of the Department of Environmental Protection and Communal Activities Šibenik-Knin County in Dalmatia partook.

A conference of this kind is held every other year, and this year’s event was held under the slogan “Working together to prepare for change”. The aim of the conference is to provide a dialogue between the various stakeholders of the academic community, the government and the economy on multiple aspects of adaptation to climate change.

It includes the promotion of communication and the exchange of knowledge between researchers, policy makers and professionals, as well as presenting integrated solutions and encouraging new activities, supporting ongoing efforts to increase coherence and synergy between disaster risk research and policy and practice, as well as discussing key challenges and solutions in cities.

The conference also presented its awards for Mediterranean adaptation to climate change. Šibenik-Knin County received the “Mediterranean Climate Change Adaptation Award” for its outstanding contribution to the area of ​​adaptation to climate change, more specifically because of its integrated coastal zone management plan in Šibenik-Knin County, which places a special emphasis on climate change and variability.

Dr. sc. Sanja Slavica Matešić was handed Šibenik-Knin’s award for its hard work and dedication to understanding and properly emphasising the threat of climate change. 28 candidates from 9 countries participated in the competition for the main prize, and in addition to Šibenik-Knin, counties in Portugal, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon presented their own respective projects.

The integrated coastal zone management plan of Šibenik-Knin County was presented by Ph.D. Sanja Slavica Matešić and Daria Povh Škugor.

Within the conference, special awards were awarded in three categories: “Development, Infrastructure and Construction”, “Ecosystem and Natural Resources” and “Methods for Design and Public Policy”. Šibenik-Knin County is also the winner of the “Methods for Design and Public Policy” award.

The aforementioned coastal plan is a type of new generation plan that only a few throughout the Mediterranean can boast of, and it’s also the very first of its kind in the Republic of Croatia, bringing extra praise for Šibenik-Knin County.

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