The ICTA-UAB awarded an Erasmus+ for running a project on higher education and research in Biosphere Reserves

For the first time since its founding, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded approximately 1 million euros by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ funding scheme.

ICTA-UAB contributes to bridging science and society in the 100xCiencia.3

ICTA-UAB took part in the 100xCiencia.3 “Bringing Science and Society”, the annual event of the SOMMa Alliance held on November 15th at the CNIO in Madrid.

Citizens prefer landscapes that combine nature with built infrastructure

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Co-managed small-scale fisheries lead to social and ecological improvements

The co-management model of small groups of fishermen contributes to a greater abundance and habitats of species.

ICTA-UAB to design participative and concurred forest fire prevention strategies for the Montseny region

Scientists from the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) aim to design prevention strategies for forest fires occurring in the Montseny Biosphere Reserve through a citizen participation process.

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

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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?

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Climate Change Threatens World's Largest Seagrass Carbon Stores

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

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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.
Paco Muñoz, Premio Medio Ambiente de la Generalitat de Catalunya

Date: 2018-06-06

Premi Medi Ambient a Paco Muñoz


La Generalitat de Catalunya ha concedido el Premi Medi Ambient -a título póstumo- al que fue técnico de la Oficina de Medio Ambiente de la UAB durante más de 20 años, Paco Muñoz, por su contribución a la lucha contra el derroche alimentario. 

El presidente de la Generalidad de Catalunya, Quim Torra, concedió el martes, 5 de junio, por la noche, en el Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente, en un acto en el Palau de la Generalitat, el Premio Medio Ambiente al geógrafo y técnico de la Oficina de Medio Ambiente de la UAB durante más de 20 años, Paco Muñoz, a título póstumo.

El premio -que recogió su mujer, la geógrafa Anna Tardà- se le ha otorgado por su contribución en la lucha contra el despilfarro alimentario, tanto en la UAB como a través de la plataforma "Aprofitem els Aliments", de la que es el fundador.

Paco Muñoz -incansable cuando se trataba de trabajar para mejorar todo lo referente al medio ambiente- también promovió iniciativas innovadoras y encabezó proyectos en ámbitos como la gestión de residuos y la adaptación medioambiental de máquinas de "vending" y de fiestas mayores (vasos reutilizables).

Muñoz empezó a trabajar en la UAB en 1992. Hasta 1997, trabajó como técnico superior del Fondo Estadístico de la Biblioteca de Ciencias Sociales. Posteriormente se incorporó a la Oficina de Medio Ambiente, donde estuvo destinado durante más de 22 años.

Su gran dedicación profesional contribuyó decisivamente a que la UAB fuese excelente en temas de gestión ambiental tales como la gestión de los residuos, la ambientalización de eventos y el despilfarro alimentario. Gracias a él, la UAB ganó mucho: la Fiesta Mayor de la UAB tuvo, cuando nadie conocía el concepto aún, un "vaso reutilizable", o una "gotimplora", o una comida contra el despilfarro alimentario en la Plaza Cívica, que se hace cada año cerca de la diada de Sant Jordi, para recaudar alimentos para el Banco de Alimentos, entre muchas otras iniciativas que impulsó.

La Generalitat también ha reconocido con el Premio Medio Ambiente a la entidad ecologista Depana. Y también ha distinguido a la empresa Masias Maquinaria en la modalidad de investigación, por una prueba piloto para alargar la vida de los tejidos, y en la modalidad de iniciativas, el proyecto de simbiosis industrial del Polígono Bufalvent, así como la iniciativa de la Associació Espigoladors de lucha contra el despilfarro. 

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