Promoted by the Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias (ITC), this project has just received the award for Best Practice in International Energy Cooperation, in the public sector category, awarded by Iberdrola and the Club de Excelencia en Sostenibilidad. As part of this project, the ITC has developed container prototypes (Clima-Risk) as a “mobile solution to supply electricity, water and cooling autonomously in isolated areas, thanks to photovoltaic solar energy”.
The Clima-Risk project, awarded as Best Practice in International Energy Cooperation
Clima-Risk, reports ITC, is the acronym for Strategies and Technological Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Prevention and Management in the countries of the Greater Neighbourhood and proposes measures, from different fronts, to strengthen these vulnerable territories in the face of climate emergencies or humanitarian crises in which basic resources for life are threatened. The project is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to “leave no one behind” and the commitment to accelerate the progress of the least developed countries to achieve a balance between economic growth and sustainable development.
Clima-Risk is implemented through a consortium led by the Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias and counts as partners with the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Centre for Cooperation with Africa of the Red Cross in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The “associated participants” are the Technical Cooperation Offices, with which the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation is present in Mauritania, Senegal and Cape Verde. National institutions with competencies linked to the Clima-Risk objectives in these countries also participate, such as the Mauritanian Food Security Office, the National Food Security Council of Senegal and the National Civil Protection and Fire Service of Cape Verde.
For its implementation until 2020, the Clima-Risk project has a budget of around 2.5 million euros, 85% of which is co-financed by the Interreg MAC Programme 2014-2020, through the European Regional Development Fund. The actions, studies and technological developments of Clima-Risk,” the Institute explains, “will be extrapolated to any region in the world affected by and at risk from natural disasters caused by the effects of climate change. Clima-Risk,” reports the Canary Islands Government, “is a cooperation project promoted by the Canary Islands in African countries such as Mauritania, Senegal and Cape Verde, which allows the challenges of social and environmental sustainability of the archipelago and its surroundings to be addressed.
ITC explains the Clima-Risk project
“Clima-Risk is a cross-cutting project that brings together one of the entities with the greatest knowledge in risk prevention and management in the world (Red Cross, based in the Canary Islands, Mauritania and Senegal) and two of the Canary Islands entities with the greatest experience and technical capacity for the development of studies and technology to ensure resilience to the effects of climate change and improve the capacity to respond to natural disasters (ITC and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria).
Clima-Risk focuses its actions on the development of studies and ICT tools for strategic territorial planning, guaranteeing resilience to the effects of climate change in the cooperation area, as well as the development of technological solutions (prototypes) to ensure the supply of food, energy and water in response to natural disasters.
The geographical scope of the actions within the framework of the Clima-Risk project covers the cooperation area between the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Mauritania and Senegal. The actions, studies and technological developments, some of which can be patented so that Canary Islands companies have the possibility of exploiting these technologies, will be extrapolated to any region of the world affected by and at risk from natural disasters caused by the effects of climate change.
The technical activity of the Clima-Risk Project focuses on the development of technology in the sectors of Renewable Energies, Water, Scientific and Technological Computing (ICT Tools), Architecture and Territorial Planning. Specifically the technical actions are:
– Development of communications software (ICT) for the control of storage and provision of technology and humanitarian aid in general.
– Development of Methodologies for territorial planning for resilience and adaptation to natural disasters caused by the effects of climate change. Development of specific architectural modules for emergency situations (Prototype).
– Development of Energy and Water supply units powered by Renewable Energies for areas isolated from the electricity grid in emergency situations due to natural disasters (Prototype).
– Development of an expert calculation and dimensioning system (ICT)”.