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Gov pledges €10 million to fight climate change

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Gov pledges €10 million to fight climate change
The Spanish government has pledged over €10 million to protect Spain's beaches from climate change. Photo: Cesar Mano/AFP
09:32 CET+01:00
The Spanish government has pledged over €10 million to protect the country's coastline from climate change, the first of such measures Spain has taken to reduce environmental damage in the country.

The plan was unveiled on Wednesday, March 11th by Spain’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, Isabel García Tejerina.

The Plan to Prepare the Environment for Adaption to Climate Change (PIMA Adapta) is the first set of measures planned by Spain to tackle climate change damage along its coastlines.

Around €12.1 million ($12.8 million) will be spent across 46 projects throughout Spain, the first of which is set to commence in April.

According to García Tejerina, who was quoted in Spanish daily, 20 minutos, the projects will take place in areas where "there are studies that stay we must act now".

"Spain is a country that is very vulnerable to climate change because of being a peninsula," she said, while also assuring that the new climate change strategy would be a long-term project.

The majority of projects under the new plan will take place in Cantabria, Galicia, Asturias and the Basque Country along Spain’s northern coastlines; Catalonia, Valencia and Murcia along the country’s eastern coast; and Andalusia along the southern coast, as well as the Canary and Balearic Islands and Spain’s North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.

Projects are set to include the regeneration of beaches damaged by storms, the restoration of sand dunes and the building of constructions to prevent erosion.

Some money will also go into further research into climate change and awareness-raising activities.

Much of Spain was battered by storms in February, while a major cleanup operation is currently underway in the north of the country after the River Ebro burst its banks, flooding areas of Aragon, the Basque Country and Catalonia. 

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