Marbella revealed itself to be an extraordinarily prolific city for the PEARL project. Not only it gathered over 60 local stakeholders for the establishment of the Learning & Action Alliance (LAA). It also allowed good discussions among members of the Consortium during the 5th Project Committee Meeting.
From 12 to 15 January 2016 the Spanish partners CETAQUA and HYDS hosted the two events back-to-back in the Andalusian city. Being Marbella one of the case studies’ site, a first workshop was organised to provide authorities, civil society, and the private sector with a forum where to exchange views about the impacts of coastal flooding on the municipality. In this sense, the kick-off meeting was very successful, both in terms of attendance and outcomes: the numerous participants were finally able to create a cooperative environment and outline a local action plan to deal with this kind of extreme events in the future.
In the wake of this accomplishment, the PEARL 5th Project Committee Meeting debated the way forward for the project in the next six months. After reviewing progress achieved since June 2015 in the Case Studies and Work Packages, the further development of e-learning platforms and tools captured most of the discussions. The meeting provided as well an occasion to gain an insight of the investigations carried out by Young Researchers. A very pleasant field trip in the mild Spanish climate to the areas previously affected by floods and subject matter of the analysis of the local case study concluded the meeting.
Photos of the event are available in the Gallery.