Plataforma sobre Adaptación al Cambio Climático en España

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Autonomous Community of Valencia

Comunitat Valenciana is located in a territory that is highly vulnerable to climate change, with evidence such as rising temperatures, reduced rainfall, aridification of the territory, rising sea levels, the appearance of new invasive species and diseases, and an increase in the intensity of extreme events, such as heat waves.

In order to promote coordinated action against climate change, Generalitat Valenciana, through the Climate Change Policy Coordination Commission of the Valencian Community, has already approved two climate change action strategies (2008-2012 and 2013-2020). Currently, the "Valencian Climate Change and Energy Strategy. Horizon 2030" which integrates the energy part of the document.

This Strategy includes adaptation measures, both horizontal and sectoral (health, agriculture, forestry and biodiversity, water resources, coastal areas and landscape), defining specific development actions and indicators to check their validity and effectiveness.

 At the same time, the Council of Generalitat Valenciana, aware of the serious impact that climate change causes and will cause on the planet and on the Valencian territory, approved on September 6, 2019 the Institutional Declaration of Climate Emergency, where it assumed as its own the responsibility to address the ecological crisis and the enormous change needed from its competences, leading the action in the Valencian territory.

On the other hand, within the commitments made by the Council, and within the framework of climate action of the European Union and the Spanish State, the Directorate General of Climate Change has prepared the draft bill of the Valencian Law on Climate Change and Ecological Transition, which on April 1, 2022, was approved by the Plenary of the Council, becoming a Bill. This new regulatory instrument will allow us to achieve neutrality in 2050 and work on a Valencian society and territory resilient to the impacts of climate change. At the same time, we are working on the future Integral Valencian Energy and Climate Change Plan, which is currently being drafted and which will develop the necessary measures for the fulfilment of the objectives contemplated in the Law. 

The Strategy, the Declaration of Climate Emergency and the future Valencian Law on Climate Change and Ecological Transition will be key to promote the fight against climate change and adaptation to its effects.