ORIHUELA will host what is claimed to be the first European centre specifically dedicated to the study and proposal of measures to minimise the impact of floods in the Mediterranean in the context of climate change.
The president of the Generalitat regional government, Ximo Puig, announced the plan at a conference that brought together national and international experts in climatology.
They were looking at ways to implement measures in the Vega Baja to alleviate the effects of climate change, three months after the floods caused by the cold drop or DANA.
The president explained that the centre will study “all the extraordinary changes that are taking place” in the Mediterranean and will analyse how to adopt the most appropriate responses.
Puig pointed out that “it is impossible to act without first reflecting”, which is why it is necessary to “get the diagnosis right so as not to repeat the mistakes of the past.”
He added that he wanted the collaboration of universities and other European centres to maximise the potential of the new project. However, he could not give a date for the opening of the centre.
Puig also used the occasion to say he expected approval of a fund of between €20 million and €30 million to help farmers repair infrastructure damaged in the storm to be given in the coming weeks.