We are very proud because we have presented the Life Vía de la Plata project, on which we collaborate with five other partners interested in implementing environmental solutions in Salamanca; a world heritage site. The main objective of the project is to create a model of adaptation to climate change through the construction of green infrastructure and the improvement of ecosystem services.
The project is part of the European Union's Environment and Climate Action Programme (LIFE), and it is based on the premise of "Living well, within the limits of our planet".
To this end, a pilot project will be carried out to serve as a starting point for the construction of green infrastructure in the city. Thanks to the pilot, the effectiveness of 41 standard actions will be monitored and validated. There will be 6 pilot areas along the "Vía de la Plata" cattle route (currently Camino de Santiago) that crosses the city from north to south, passing by entire the heritage site.
Moreover, an analysis of the state of the art in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence technologies (including Deep Reinforcement Learning models) will be carried out for the design and implementation of cognitive systems. The objective of this analysis will be to provide helpful recommendations regarding better ecosystem service management in the city; improving biodiversity, regulating traffic, managing irrigation, creating green areas, limiting land use and protecting environmental units and urban habitats. Through Life Vía de la Plata, the whole society will be involved in participation, training and dissemination, so that citizens will be more aware, more active and better prepared to adapt to the consequences of climate change.
This is a great opportunity for our province, the University of Salamanca is helping the environment by involving research groups from the institution, such as BISITE, the Geosciences and Climate Change Group and the Hydraulic Engineering Area, as well as the Municipal Housing and Urban Planning Board of Salamanca, the Salamanca City Council and the University of the Basque Country.