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INNOVA is designed to build on proven innovation frame,works, called “innovation hubs”, connected across the project and to the wider world (Mediterranean, North European and islands; urban and peri-urban areas) through the various networks in which the hub-partners are involved.


Hub Kiel Bay is a low-lying area at the Baltic coast of Schleswig-Holstein (Germany). Surrounding the Eckernfoerde Bay and Kiel fjord, it consists of smaller communities (with main focus on coastal tourism) and the states capital Kiel City (with a multi-sectoral structure) is affected by erosion and heavy rains.

  Hub Valencia region consisting of a metropolitan area suffering from droughts and with a multi-sectoral structure in which irrigated agriculture plays an important role in the consumption of water (around 80% of the resource).
  The Dutch hub Nijmegen is part of the Convenant of Mayors/Mayors Adapt network integrating the national Room for the River program with a major urban development project and many small-scale co-creation efforts. Recurrent floods and droughts might affect heavily the area.
  French West Indies hub: local economy is much precarious, depending on natural risks such as earthquakes and climate hazards. Decreased rains, severe flash floods, droughts and increasing temperatures contribute to damaging the agriculture sector impacting the local economy for which it remains a key sector in Guadeloupe and Martinique.

INNOVA locations description

Bio-geographical unit

Risk description

End-users involved

Products and Services

Mediterranean coastal urban area

(example of Valencian Urban area)

Protracted droughts and flash floods; reduction of available resources with climate change; water quality reduction

  • Regional Government, City council,
  • Water utility and River Basin Authority
  • Farmers associations

Adapted to temporal and local scale services for urban water distribution resilience; compatibility of agriculture and other uses with reliable urban supply

The region of the Kiel Bay consists coastal communities in low-lying areas at the Baltic coast of Schleswig-Holstein (Germany). Smaller communities like Stein (population 783) are touristic in Character while the states capital Kiel City (population 240.000) is multisectoral driven.

Climate change stimulates an increase in extreme weather events:

  1. Excess surface runoff during heavy rainfalls
  2. An increasing erosion trend at the coast with increasing usage of the coast.


  • Mayor, chamber of commerce, economy-promotion agencies, nature protection organization, and local business owners
  • State government & coastal protection, regional planning and tourism authorities
  • The Climate Alliance of Kiel Bay (KBKB) (situated with the University of Kiel)

Focus will be on touristic developments in the Kiel Bay area. For both smaller communities and the city of Kiel, tourism is an important economic factor. We will focus on ways how to inform and engage local stakeholder and tourists in the topic of climate change.  


The French West Indies islands, mainly Guadeloupe archipelago and Martinique (population 800 000)

Increasing magnitude and frequency of flash floods and droughts create worsening conditions for agriculture.

  • Regional councils,
  • Weather forecast
  • Agriculture agencies,
  • Water management agencies

Focus will be on cross analysis studies for exploring and mining massive data from various correlated domains (agriculture, agronomy, climate, water management, economics…) to identify tendencies, correlations and associations reflecting the impact of climate changes on agriculture and to raise interest and reaction of end users on such observed phenomena and co-develop adaptation options

Nijmegen is situated along the river Waal in the upper part of the Rhine, Maas, Schelde delta in the Netherlands.

New urban developments are being realised along the river. During this development process climate services showed that the Waal river near Nijmegen should be broadened to lessen the risk of  flooding.

  • City Council,
  • Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (Water Works),
  • Water Board
  • Citizens,
  • Businesses
  • Associations (sports, recreation)

A new bypass of the river Waal has been made. Main climate related benefit is that the risk for critical river water runoff has diminished. Numerous co-benefits have been defined and are under development now: recreation water, nature development, green zone, new estate on climate dykes, sports facilities.