REIS platform, developed by the SOCLIMPACT project, proposes solutions to the European island territories in order to give answers to problems arising from climate change. Thus the website has an interactive tool that shows climate forecasts and recommendations to increase the resilience of 12 insular regions (Azores, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Corsica, Crete, Cyprus, Fehmarn, Madeira, Malta, Sardinia, Sicily and the French Antilles).
This project also contemplates a panel of project experts and specialists in blue economy sectors and other specific fields, as well as a specific area where it is possible to open discussion threads and encourage researchers participation using a web simulator which develops unresolved matters.
The platform has as its central space the “Adaptation Support Tool for Islands” that projects the future problems in relation to the physical impacts and socioeconomic consequences of climate change in the blue economy of the islands, and more specifically within four sectors: tourism, maritime transport, energy and aquaculture.
Dr. Carmelo León, professor of Applied Economics at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC, for its acronym in Spanish), the director of the University Institute of Tourism and Sustainable Development (TIDES, for its acronym in Spanish) and the coordinator of the project, emphasized that “the project proposes an insight from the European islands to the whole continent, since the scenarios analyzed are perfect laboratories for the application of these studies to all coastal regions, an activity that is intended to be carried out beyond the duration of SOCLIMPACT”.
Regarding Dr. Matías González, professor of Applied Economics, member of TIDES and reference researcher of the project, “the REIS platform is the perfect culmination of a pioneering project that will serve to perpetuate this research over time”.
The SOCLIMPACT project integrates 24 partners from 12 European island territories. Among them it is possible to find universities, public and private research institutes, public actors or communication companies. It is a project led by the ULPGC and funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 program.