The idea is to support the efforts of European regions in the processes of adaptation and minimizing the impact of climate change by implementing large-scale demonstration activities with cross-border significance.
In the framework of the Re-Value project, nine European coastal cities will demonstrate how climate neutrality and the quality of the urban environment can be aligned by reassessing their relationship with the coast, strengthening co-benefits and mitigating potential adverse impacts – in short, through urban planning. transition to achieve climate neutrality. Cities will work with long-term territorial transformation plans combined with locally-based coastal demonstration pilot activities. In the four leading cities (Ålesund, Bruges, Burgas and Rimini) a pilot model for integrated urban planning and design will be implemented to achieve climate neutrality and a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The remaining five cities (Cascays, Constanta, Izmir, Pisek and Rijeka) will exchange experiences and replicate good practices.
The planned activities for the Municipality of Burgas under the project include:
- Development of a detailed road map for sustainable development and integration of coastal areas, with the aim of implementing solutions to achieve climate neutrality. Survey of possible scenarios, investment and partnership models and preparation of feasibility studies for implementing solutions in an urban environment.
- Implementation of a pilot project on the territory of a coastal urban area in the municipality of Burgas, to demonstrate innovative and environmentally friendly solutions to achieve climate neutrality in the urban environment. The selected area is South Atanasovsko Lake and "Kyusheto".
- The survey on the views on the problems and prospects in the development of the Sarafovo area, the Ugla locality, the area of the salt flats and the Atanasovska Kosa was completed by 324 people (more than 80% of them with higher education) who shared their opinion.
Arch. Tihomir Raichev, chief architect of the Municipality of Burgas presented the investment intention for the area, the future railway line from the city to the Airport, the construction of the adjacent infrastructure in the new quarter, etc.
The projects "Implementation of innovative measures for mitigation and adaptation to climate change in the municipalities of the Republic of Bulgaria", "Regions for climate", Re-value "Revaluation of the quality of the urban environment and the climate neutrality of the European coastal cities" were presented.
Kamen Iliev, Director of the Technology Transfer Office at the BAS presented the monitoring and surveillance of the territory as a tool for integrated management of the Burgas wetlands to increase the resilience of the local ecosystem to climate changes,
Assoc. Proff. Dr. Steliyan Dimitrov from Sofia University presented the measures for adapting the urban infrastructure to climate change and minimizing the impact of climate change on the green urban infrastructure in the city of Burgas.
The idea of forming a Local Initiative Group for Climate Sustainability under the "Regions for Climate" project was shared, in which all interested parties can be involved.
There is a special section on the municipality's website where links to all projects can be found - https://plan.smartburgas.eu/%d1%83%d0%b5%d0%b1%d1%81%d0%b0%d0 %b9%d1%82%d0%be%d0%b2%d0%b5-%d0%bd%d0%b0-%d0%bf%d1%80%d0%be%d0%b5%d0%ba%d1 %82%d0%b8/