Search

Minister Teresa Ribera visits CREAF

The Minister of MITECO, Teresa Ribera, together with the Director of CREAF, Joan Pino, and several researchers from the centre.
The Minister of MITECO, Teresa Ribera, together with the Director of CREAF, Joan Pino, and several researchers from the centre.

The Third Vice-President of the Spanish Government and Minister for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (MITECO, the Spanish acronym), Teresa Ribera, visited CREAF intending to know the centre and its scientific activity.

The visit was an opportunity to consolidate a space for conversation between the research carried out by CREAF and the political sphere. It was also an opportunity to explain to her the various lines of research at the centre and to explore how they can influence decision-making related to environmental policies. The meeting was attended by Joan Pino, CREAF’s Director, and some CREAF researchers representing different expertise, such as ecology, forests, biodiversity, soil restoration, water management, agriculture and global change.

The Minister agreed with CREAF staff on the need to create and implement ambitious policies on environmental issues. In particular, she highlighted the need to better understand the functioning of soils and move towards their restoration, for example, using regenerative agriculture. She also emphasised the deployment of nature-based solutions to recover ecosystems, a field in which CREAF has a vast experience through projects such as The Green Link, among others. Teresa Ribera also agreed on the importance of giving more voice to the scientific community in emergency situations, such as the one caused by the Storm Gloria. Regarding this cyclone, researcher Annelies Broekman named some of the lessons learned in relation to subsequent political action.

In order to strengthen the link between science and political decision-making, the minister highlighted the need to create methodologies and tools that facilitate it. As a good example, she pointed to the IPCC’s periodic reports, which she considered essential tools for providing useful information and solutions. In this sense, she was able to meet one of their authors, Jofre Carnicer, who was also present at the visit.

During the visit, the importance of raising public awareness through actions such as citizen science was also highlighted, a field in which CREAF has a long track record with projects such as Mosquito Alert, Alerta Forestal, RitmeNatura and uBMS.

According to Joan Pino, “at CREAF, we are working to promote innovation in governance, i.e. we provide tools to integrate our scientific results in decision-making. The next step is to make the research generated by the centre particularly relevant for promoting climate change awareness, adaptation and mitigation policies, and to increase our social impact”.

Related articles

Solitary bee (Osmia sp.) in a “bee hotel”. Public domain image.
News @en
Veronica Couto Antelo

Climate change is making bees more sensitive to pesticides

In recent decades there have been significant declines in bees populations, which are linked to factors such as climate change, changes in land use, the arrival of new natural enemies and the use of pesticides.

News @en
Adriana Clivillé

How to accompany the Mediterranean forest in the face of the climate change disturbances

The solutions and the debate on how to strengthen forest resilience in the Mediterranean basin brought together up to 40 people during the course organized by CREAF and CIHEAM Zaragoza, in collaboration with EFI. Decision-makers from Albania, Algeria, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey participated.

Quercus robur in the Alta Garrotxa. Image: Galdric Mossoll
News @en
Galdric Mossoll

How do trees handle thirst?

Plants play a crucial role in the biosphere: they absorb carbon dioxide, release oxygen, and transfer water from the soil to the atmosphere. How do trees drink, and what happens when the water in the ground runs out?

A recently launched project breaking new ground in Spain, Esfera Climática is a major communication hub that connects media outlets with leading female researchers to increase media coverage of climate issues in the country. Image: Esfera Climática.
News @en
Andrea Arnal

Science takes to the microphones to communicate the climate crisis

Esfera Climática, a large communications office and pioneering project in Spain that connects media and researchers to increase media reports related to climate change in Spain, was created in order to answer questions about the current climate crisis.

Science points out that nature is a critical ally in the fight against climate change and nature loss. From left to right, a dragonfly, an oak tree and an orchid. Images: Galdric Mossoll
News @en
Adriana Clivillé

Biodiversity and climate crisis, an inseparable tandem

On the International Biodiversity Day promoted by the Convention on Biological Diversity we want to emphasise its intimate link with climate change, of which it practically becomes the other side of the coin.

We've changed the wordpress version If you prefer to read this news in Spanish or Catalan from 2020 to 2012, go to the front page of the blog, change the language with the selector in the upper menu and look for the news in the magnifying glass bar.

Subscribe to our Newsletter to get the lastest CREAF news.