Nace El Observatorio del Besòs: un proyecto de seguimiento de la calidad de los sistemas fluviales de la cuenca

La Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) a través del Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA-UAB), y el Consorci Besòs Tordera evaluarán el estado de calidad a largo plazo de la cuenca del Besòs gracias a la creación de la Observatorio del Besòs.

Shift in large-scale Atlantic circulation causes lower-oxygen water to invade Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence

The Gulf of St. Lawrence has warmed and lost oxygen faster than almost anywhere else in the global oceans.

Climate Change Modifies the Composition of Reefs

Corals devastated by climate change are being replaced naturally by other species such as gorgonians, which are less efficient in acting as a carbon sink.

ICTA-UAB launches the first master’s Degree in “Political Ecology. Degrowth and Environmental Justice”

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) launches the master’s Degree in “Political Ecology.

Pioneering study analyses the effects of forests on human health

A group of volunteers have participated in an experimental study conducted by the ICTA-UAB to analyse the potential health benefits of forests.

Marine Litter on Mediterranean Beaches Triples in Summer

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) analyses and quantifies the waste generated by tourists in eight islands of the Mediterranean as part of the European BLUEISLANDS project.

Mapping the Urban Vitality of Barcelona

Researchers at the UAB have mapped Barcelona and and 9 surrounding towns using a new methodology based on urbanism activist Jane Jacobs' ideas on how cities should be configured to become vital spaces: 25% of the area is classified as having high vitality.

Agricultural intensification not a “blueprint” for sustainable development

Social and ecological results of increased agricultural intensification are not as positive as expected.

Green urban planning must consider social equity criteria

Cities that do not include social equity criteria into their political strategies to make their urban environment greener and more ecological will not achieve long-term sustainability and risk creating green enclaves only for the social elite.

The ICTA-UAB alerts of a new invasive Asian beetle pest in Catalonia that kills mulberry trees

A study by researcher of the ICTA-UAB and the Department of Agriculture Víctor Sarto i Monteys has identified in the province of Barcelona the presence of a species from Asia that could spread through Europe.

More than 120 ICTA-UAB researchers addressed environmental challenges at a symposium, especially those arising from global and...

The Institut of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) organized its 1st Spring Symposium with the aim of addressing some of the main environmental and sustainability challenges.

Low-carbon energy transition requires more renewables than previously thought

A new study by ICTA-UAB analyzes the impacts on lifestyles of substituting fossil fuels for cleaner energies.

Are Farmers Who Belong to Local User Associations Better Adapted to Climate Change?

Droughts, floods and high temperatures derived from climate change are not the only threats that farmers with irrigated crops must face.

Climate Change Threatens World's Largest Seagrass Carbon Stores

Shark Bay seagrass carbon storage hotspot suffers alarming losses after a devastating marine heat wave, according to a study led by ICTA-UAB researchers.

Amazon's indigenous people hunt animals feeding in areas contaminated by oil spills

A study by the ICTA-UAB and the UAB Department of Animal Health and Anatomy demonstrates that the main species hunted by the indigenous popoulations of the Peruvian Amazon ingest water and soil contaminated with hidrocarbons and heavy metals.

The new Planttes app warns of allergy risks in different urban areas

The Planttes application is a citizen science project which aims to encourage people to identify and locate on a map the existence of allergy-causing plants and indicate their phenological state.

New Project to Link Extreme Weather Events, Atmospheric Biodiversity and Human Health

A new ICTA-UAB project led by researcher Jordina Belmonte will study the effects of extreme meteorological events on the biological biodiversity present in the atmosphere in order to predict changes in the environment and possible affectations on human health.

ICTA-UAB’s success: five ERC grants in two years

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded five European Research Council (ERC) grants in two years, which is about ten per cent of all ERC grants arriving in Catalonia over the period from the end of 2015 to the end of 2017.

New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

The new ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide' it is at your disposal now. With this document, we aim to help you discover the basics of the PhD programme, ICTA-UAB’s structure, etc.
European Project to Analyse the Effects of Waste Generated by Tourism on Mediterranean Islands

Date: 2017-02-10

Blueislands Project

An European study involving the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma e Barcelona will address and propose solutions to the effects of the increase of waste generated by tourism on Mediterranean islands during the summer season.

The Mediterranean region is the world’s leading tourist destination and it is common for islands to contain a far greater population during the summer season. Local economies are deeply reliant on tourism for employment and income. However, this annual massive tourist wave, largely concentrated within a short period, places a great burden on the island's infrastructure, especially for waste management. Indeed, local authorities often struggle to cope with the high increase in waste generation and the often poor sorting levels of tourists.

During three years, the European Interreg MED Blue Islands project (2016-2019) will work on developing and elaborating effective, financially viable and environmentally responsible means to address and mitigate the effect of the seasonal variation of waste generated by tourism on nine Mediterranean islands.

The project, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and led by the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment of Cyprus, will be developed in the islands of Mallorca (Spain), Sardinia and Sicily (Italy), Malta, Rab (Croatia), Crete, Rhodes and Mykonos (Greece) and Cyprus.

The project, which involves 14 European partners, will quantify the waste during and outside the highly touristic period, the assessment of waste composition, the impact of litter on beaches and seashores, and their effects on wastewater treatment facilities.

ICREA researcher at ICTA-UAB Dr Patrizia Ziveri explains that “whilst it is a well-known phenomenon, the seasonal variation of waste generation on sea-locked islands has yet to be properly defined and its socioeconomic and environmental effect determined” and remarks that “isolation and the lack of space for facilities create an additional constraint for these territories”. The Blue Islands project aims to provide answers to these concerns.

The ICTA-UAB, in collaboration with its partners, will assess the dynamics of micro and macro plastics in highly touristic coastal areas. During the first year of the project, 27 key beaches will be monitored periodically. A total of 189 surveys will be conducted in 2017 to pìcture marine litter accumulation in relation to touristic activities on the selected beaches; and about 700 samples will be taken and analysed at the ICTA-UAB for micro plastics concentrations both on land and at sea.

Based on the results, different strategies will be planned and a multidimensional tool, including different action plans, will be created and implemented. The surveys will then be repeated in order to evaluate the outcome of the new measures.

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