Adaptation and Adaptation and Mitigation / Nature and Biodiversity

Zone 1 SECTION OF COMBINED ACTIONS (Alfaro, La Rioja – Castejón, Navarra)

Demonstration section of the Project. A succession of natural water retention measures, nature-based solutions for river restoration that generate flood risk reduction benefits along the entire reach. Objective: improvement of 500 hectares of agricultural land and recovery of 45 hectares of river space.

1. Meander of La Roza, Alfaro, La Rioja

Morphological adaptation: completed in November 2023. It has meant the recovery of 22 hectares as a fluvial space, also included as a protected area in the Natura 2000 Network “Sotos y Riberas del Ebro”. Executed by the Confederación Hidrográfica del Ebro.

Removal of 1,343 meters of defensive dikes that constricted the river and construction of a smaller defense (899 meters) and away from the riverbed.

Giving space back to the river.

More: How is river space recovered?

Creation of a relief channel connecting the river to La Roza meander

We tell you more about this relief channel.

The drainage capacity of the railroad bridge eyes has been improved.

Check it out in this photo
Imagen del nuevo humedal creado en el meandro de La Roza, Alfaro, La Rioja

Environmental restoration of La Roza meander: in progress.
Last step to complete the LIFE intervention.

The Government of La Rioja introduces 4,650 specimens of species typical of the banks of the Ebro and its groves, imitating the natural growth of riparian vegetation and occupying about 12 hectares of intervention area. In addition, the first cuttings were planted by the Ebro Hydrographic Authority at the limits of the new relief channel as part of the morphological adaptation.

Plantación realizada durante la restauración ambeintal
Plantaciones realizadas durante la restauración ambiental del meandro de La Roza, Alfaro, La Rioja

Soto de Alfaro

Nature-based solutions. In execution by the Ebro Hydrographic Authority. Intervention also included in the Combined Actions Tranche.

The project consists of the recovery of river branches in an area of 60 hectares to promote the role of the meander as a fluvial space. The reopening of water paths allows the irrigation of the undergrowth and the recovery of the fluvial dynamics.

An example of participatory actions: getting to know on the ground the actions for the recovery of river branches in Alfaro.

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Visita a la obra de recuperación de antiguos brazos de río en el Soto de Alfaro por parte de los integrantes de los espacios de participación del proyecto LIFE Ebro Resilience P1

3. Meander of El Señorío, Castejón, Navarre

The public information file for the project has been approved and the land is
pending availability of the land.

23 hectares of river space in the meander were recovered with the removal of 1.3 km of perimeter dike in an action by the Ebro Hydrographic Confederation. In addition, the Government of Navarre, through GAN-NIK, is restoring the meander with plantations that promote and accelerate natural revegetation.

Recovery of the river area with the removal of 1.3 km of the existing perimeter dike in the meander.

Creation of a relief channel, recovering an arm of the Ebro River that will allow for water levels in flood situations.

Restoration of the meander with plantations that promote and accelerate natural revegetation.

Connection of the natural enclaves preserved on the left bank, constituting three ecological corridors

Meandro de El Señorío, Castejón, Navarra después de las crecidas de febrero de 2024

Zone 2 PILOT PROJECT (Osera de Ebro – Fuentes de Ebro, Zaragoza)

Proposal to make an intensively cultivated agricultural area compatible with the passage of floods by creating lateral flow buffer zones. These buffer zones will compartmentalize farms into areas that will be pre-flooded just before the levees overflow, creating water buffers that will minimize damage to farms and infrastructure. Objective: improvement of 350 farms and recovery of 20 hectares of river space.

1. Adaptation of the irrigation system of the Comunidad de Regantes de la Huerta del Ebro (Fuentes de Ebro). In execution by the Government of Aragon.

The first phase of installation of a new underground pipeline further away from the riverbed has been completed. The number of injuries and cuts caused by the breakage of the fenders is reduced.

Vista aérea de la instalación de la tubería en Fuentes de Ebro (Zaragoza)

Recovery of the fluvial space. Improvement of resilience to flooding in the Ebro River, as it passes through Osera de Ebro and Fuentes de Ebro, in Zaragoza. Phase 1.

Public Information approved and the availability of land is in process. Execution by the Confederación Hidrográfica del Ebro and environmental restoration of the recovered area by the Government of Aragón.

The narrowing of the river channel is eliminated, recovering the drainage capacity during floods. 14 hectares are recovered as river space.

3. Lateral flow buffer zones. Improvement of flood resilience in the Ebro River, as it passes through Osera de Ebro and Fuentes de Ebro. Phase 2. Project drafted.

Public information sessions and field visits have been held with interested parties to explain the intervention in detail.

Links to information of interest:

Plano Zonas de Amortiguación de Flujo Lateral con los interesados en la visita

Participation and Social Capacity Building Actions

Social Participation: public participation, as an inseparable part of flood risk management, is one of the main lines of the LIFE Ebro Resilience P1 project. Under implementation.

The project maintains active since the end of 2022 stable participation groups:

Co-creation groups

Small groups for deliberation and joint creation of actions of the project partners with the stakeholders of the territory.

We talked about co-creation groups
Conflict Transformation Group

Specific forum for conflict transformation in flood risk management. This group brings together those affected and representatives of the sectors at stake in the intervention areas and the entire middle stretch of the Ebro.

Meet this group

It is also in the preparatory phase a citizen science experience, the project’s monitoring platform that you can learn more about here.

In execution and active various informative actions are also underway and active:

Técnicos de todos los organismos de España visitan el soto de Alfaro en las II jornadas de Organismos de cuenca del LIFE Ebro Resilience P1
Foro Usos futuros El Señorío

Social Capacity Building: the LIFE Ebro Resilience P1 project has developed a Social Capacity Building Plan. Social capacity building is a central element to improve social resilience to floods and self-protection of the riparian population. Vulnerability is part of risk, and capabilities are part of vulnerability. If we strengthen capabilities, we reduce risk.

In execution. The project is implementing 16 campaigns for different sectors and, in some cases, they are already available, informative materials and is preparing the future forum of local entities.

Jornada para estudiantes de periodismo "Información ante fenómenos hidrológicos extremos" celebrada en el Centro de prensa del Colegio Profesional de Periodistas
Foto de grupo de los participantes en la ruta meandro de El Señorío - meandro de La Roza integrada en la iniciativa Walking Rivers
Descenso desde Ortigoso a El Señorío con estudiantes del IES Gonzalo de Berceo, en Alfaro (Castejón)

Dissemination and Communication Actions

How to stay informed about the LIFE Ebro Resilience P1 Project? There is a Communication Plan that explores all the tools that allow a wider dissemination of the actions and progress of the project with two objectives (in execution):

  • To be a dissemination channel for proposals to support and enhance public participation and social capacity building campaigns.

  • Disseminate tools for flood risk adaptation.

In addition, work is being done to promote networking and exchange of experiences with professional sectors, other projects, various proposals from the LIFE Program, etc…
In execution
So far we have participated in 11 national, European and international networking actions, exceeding the forecasts set out in the initial proposal of the LIFE Ebro Resilience P1 Project.

Finally, the action of transfer and replication of project results is included, development phase. Its objective is that territories with similar problems to those of Ebro Resilience P1 can replicate the replicate the successful actions of the Project.

El equipo LIFE Ebro Resilience P1 en el stand de la Green Week en Bruselas

With the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community LIFE20 ENV/ES/000327