UHINAK . IV Congreso transfronterizo sobre Cambio Climático y Litoral

IV Cross border conference on climate and coastal change

Focussed on action against climate emergency

4th-5th novembre, 2020
Atlantic Europe

Balance 2018

Balance third edition - 2018

The third edition of Uhinak, Cross Border Conference on Climate and Coastal Change, closes with a positive outcome

For two days, the conference on climate and coastal change, Uhinak, brought together in Ficoba about 45 speakers and 150 participants who shared ideas and reflections to design the right context for addressing climate change and its effects on the coast from a pluralistic, transversal and multidisciplinary perspective.

Uhinak 2018

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Experts from different fields who have in-depth knowledge of the problems of climate change on the coastline, from a local, regional and global perspective, have debated with administrations, companies and managers about how to tackle the search for solutions to the effects of extreme climate and adaptation to climate change in the Atlantic Arc.

For those interested in further studying the contents of the conference, AZTI has published a special issue of the Marine Research Magazine which includes practically all the conference lectures.

The evaluation carried out by the participants in the conference was highly positive. The quality of the presentations and the possibility of sharing information between all the areas involved in the fight against the effects of climate change on the coastline were particularly appreciated: administrations in different regions of the Atlantic Arc, scientists, technicians, managers and users.

The participants also appreciated the new space reserved in Uhinak for exhibiting companies. An innovation that has been launched and is expected to gain more weight in future editions of the event.

The companies that inaugurated this exhibition space were Zunibal (Derio-Bizkaia) which develops electronic products and services for application in the marine sector; Hércules Control (La Coruña), a technology-based company focused on the design, manufacture and marketing of hydrographic technology products; Tecnoambiente, marine and environmental consultancy with headquarters in Barcelona and Cadiz; the Department of Environment, Territorial Planning and Housing of the Basque Government through its public company Ihobe; and the Communauté d' Agglomération Pays Basque

Próxima edición

Uhinak seguirá manteniendo su carácter bienal y celebrará su próxima edición en 2020. Próximamente se reunirá el comité organizador del congreso para determinar las fechas de la cuarta edición de Uhinak.

Next event

Uhinak will continue to maintain its biennial character and will hold its next event in 2020. The organising committee of the conference will meet soon to determine the dates of the fourth edition of Uhinak.


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2018 | 3th EDITION

The third Uhinak congress receives a high score from participants once again

As in previous years, a survey was conducted among the participants of the third Uhinak Cross-Border Conference on Climate and Coastal Change, held on March 6-7 at Ficoba, with very high scores being received once again for the different aspects evaluated.

On a scale of 1 - 5, where 1 is the lowest and 5 the highest, 95% of the respondents gave the general organisation and planning of the conference a score of either 5 (68.3%) or 4 (26.7%).

As regards their general degree of satisfaction with the Uhinak conference, 98.3% rated it either satisfactory or highly satisfactory, and these scores were also reflected in the answers to the question of whether the participants planned to attend the next congress held: almost 50% confirmed their intention to return and 43.6% said they would probably be back. These figures are also reflected in the fact that around 65% of those who attended said they would recommend it to colleagues.

The cross-cutting approach of the congress is also of note, as shown by the data on the type of people attending: 44.4% were researchers and 29.6% were from the public authorities, while 18.5% represented private companies. These figures demonstrate Uhinak’s clear commitment to continue building a network between sea and coast experts and managers and users, to help them work towards finding solutions for the effects of extreme climate events and adaptation to climate change in the Atlantic Arc regions.

Overall rating

Overall satisfaction congress

Very satisfied 5 43,30 %
  4 45,00 %
  3 9,70 %
  2 3,33 %
Unsatisfactory 1 1,67 %


Uhinak Congress is promoted by FICOBA and AZTI TECNALIA, which has the support of a scientific committee and contributors who make it possible.

/ Organizers


/ Sponsors

Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa Region Aquitaine
Gobierno Vasco Communauté d'Agglomération Pays Basque Departamento de medio ambiente, planificación territorial y vivienda del Gobierno Vasco a través de su Sociedad Pública Ihobe.
Communauté d'Agglomération Pays Basque

/ Collaborater

International Association for Hydro-Environment engineering and Research Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos

/ Members of the board of the Ficoba Foundation

Ayuntamiento de Irun Gobierno Vasco Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa Ayuntamiento de San Sebastian Hendaia Cámara de comercio de Gipuzkoa Bayonne Pays Basque Txingudi