Climate Change Adaptation Plan of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

  • Marta Olazabal
  • Efrén FeliuEmail author
  • M. Karmele Herranz-Pascual
  • Beñat Abajo
  • Iratxe González-Aparicio
  • Andrés Simón-Moral
  • Andrés Alonso
Conference paper
Part of the Local Sustainability book series (LOCAL, volume 2)


According to the International Panel on Climate Change, while majority of the efforts to combat climate change have been centred on mitigation, climate change adaptation is becoming crucial for effective and efficient climate change strategies. This is demonstrated by the growing importance of concepts like vulnerability, adaptive capacity and resilience of socioecological systems in the international political agenda.

Along these lines, several of the climate change initiatives developed in the Basque Country express the need to develop climate change adaptation plans from a proactive and anticipatory perspective in order to minimize the impacts on ecosystems, human health and wellbeing, regional economy and infrastructures. Despite the competitive advantages and economic benefits which can be provided by the implementation of climate change adaptation strategies, many governments have not yet included such measures in their policies and plans. In this regard, the project PACC-Vitoria (Climate Change Adaptation Plan of Vitoria-Gasteiz) was formalized and launched in mid-2010 through a collaboration agreement between the Basque Government, the City Council of Vitoria-Gasteiz and the Unit of Environment of Tecnalia (research centre located in Bilbao, Spain).


Climate change Adaptive capacity Sustainable development Floods Vulnerability Urban plans Local adaptation Vitoria-Gasteiz 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marta Olazabal
    • 1
  • Efrén Feliu
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Karmele Herranz-Pascual
    • 1
  • Beñat Abajo
    • 1
  • Iratxe González-Aparicio
    • 1
  • Andrés Simón-Moral
    • 1
  • Andrés Alonso
    • 2
  1. 1.Environment Department, TECNALIA Unit of EnvironmentDerioSpain
  2. 2.Environment DepartmentVitoria-Gasteiz City CouncilVitoria-GasteizSpain

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