The assessment survey answered by the participants in the second Uhinak Cross-Border Conference on Climate and Coastal Change, held on 27 - 28 September at Ficoba, has shown very positive results.
On a scale of 1 - 5, where 1 is the lowest and 5 the highest, 98% of the respondents gave the general organisation and planning of the conference a score of either 4 (35.6%) or 5 (62.7%).
A similar score was obtained for the general degree of satisfaction with the conference, with more than 92% considering the second Uhinak event to be satisfactory or very satisfactory. This rating was reflected in the answers to the question of whether the participants planned to attend next year’s conference: 52% said they intended to return and 46% said they would probably be back next year. Also, 59% said they would recommend attending Uhinak to other sector professionals and 40% affirmed that they would probably recommend it.
These excellent scores have ratified the decision of the conference organisers, Ficoba and AZTI, to hold the third Uhinak event next year.
Overall satisfaction congress
|Very satisfied||5||37,3 %|
Irun, 29 September 2016
The second Uhinak congress, held on September 27 and 28 at Ficoba, attracted marine, coast and climate change experts together with actors and users to generate productive cross-border debate and information exchange. The congress featured over 30 lectures, mainly focused on the effects of climate change on the coast. Topics included sea level rise and how it could worsen the effects of extreme events such as the recurring Cantabrian storms, gale-force winds, flooding, storm surges or heavy swell hitting beaches and breakwaters, or the propagation of other changes such as ocean warming and its effect on the ecosystem and marine resources and the uncertainty of these scenarios.
Guillem Chust, an expert on climate change and its impact on marine and coastal ecosystems and a member of AZTI and the Uhinak Technical Committee, explains that “the debate focused on the adaptation measures required to prevent future damage to our coast, seeking innovative alternatives, for example, such as natural solutions increasing the resilience of systems traditionally exposed and made more vulnerable by human activity”.
The Director of Ficoba, Ander Sarratea, highlighted Uhinak’s capacity to blur borders and encourage cooperation between different countries to meet the challenge of climate change. Mr. Sarratea affirms that Uhinak “has swept away borders, facilitating information flow between local governments in different regions of the Atlantic Arc and knowledge flow between scientists, technicians, actors and users”.
This year’s Uhinak congress, co-organised by Ficoba and AZTI, the expert Technology Centre for Marine and Food Innovation, received over 100 participants who attended a total of 31 lectures by 10 guest speakers and 21 speakers chosen to take part after an open call.
Uhinak has succeeded in bringing together an array of prominent speakers and institutions to guarantee the content and quality of the debate: CSIC, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas; Puertos del Estado; IDDRI, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations; AZTI; CEDEX, Centro de Estudios y Experimentación de Obras Públicas; CESER de l’Atlantique, Agrupación de Interés Científico Litoral Vasco; BC3, Basque Centre for Climate Change; UPV; IFREMER, Institut Française de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer; San Sebastián City Council; Cerema Sud Ouest, Centre d’Etudes et d’Expertise sur les Risques, l’Environnement, la Mobilité et l’Aménagement; Rivages Protech-Suez Eau France, Cardiff University, University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour; La Rochelle University, Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya, Surfrider Foundation and the companies TYPSA (specialising in gravity foundations in the offshore wind power field) and Telespazio France, among others.
Uhinak is supported by the Basque Government, the Gipuzkoa Regional Government, the Nouvelle Aquitaine Region and the Southern Basque Country Conurbation, together with San Sebastián Tourism & Convention Bureau and Basquetour. These institutions foster participation in the event as they believe that the measures required to combat the consequences of coastal climate change could be a sustainable development opportunity for the conservation and utilisation of the coast.
Uhinak Congress is promoted by FICOBA and AZTI TECNALIA, which has the support of a scientific committee and contributors who make it possible.