Our new project strengthens climate resilience of towns in Hungary

According to recent scientific research, Hungary is expected to be prone to extreme weather conditions in the future. In the summer, heat waves will be experienced more often and more strongly than before: the current 32-36 °C can rise up to even 34-42 °C. The frequency of rainy days will decrease, and sudden, heavy rainfalls are expected. The intensity of rainfalls will increase the probability of floods, as the soil will not be able to absorb the quantity of rain in such a short time. The possibility of serious drought in the summer is increasing, which can not be set off by the increased quantity of winter rainwater (or snow). Wind will become stronger and stormy, with extreme speed, primarily in the winter season. Drought, flood, stormy wind and rising average temperature – this is to be expected in Hungary due to climate change.

Our new training programme for local decision-makers will enhance climate adaptation at local level. The project aims to raise awareness of climate impacts of both policy makers and citizens, and to show replicable best practice projects. It will mobilise stakeholders and local-level decision makers, and empower them to develop and implement local strategies, based on scientific evidences and data in order to reduce and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

The project which runs from May 2015 till April 2016, will involve at least 140 local authorities and sub-regional stakeholders from four regions of Hungary.