Global warming: Ile-de-France region unveils €1 billion plan
More climate shelters, more trees and more water collectors! The President of the Ile-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse, presented the plan to adapt the municipality “to the effects of climate change” in Saint-Ouen this Wednesday. Accompanied by her vice-president in charge of the ecological transition, Yann Wehrling, Valérie Pécresse unveiled a series of measures in front of a map of heat islands in the region, in which almost the entire city of Paris and several points in the inner suburbs appear in red. In order to deal with it and “protect the inhabitants of the Ile-de-France“, the region proposes in particular to “create a network of climate shelters”.
“We will be able to set up a place where you can take shelter in the event of a heat wave less than 10 minutes from each of you,” argued Valérie Pécresse, citing media libraries, green spaces or shade houses. She also mentioned an “expanded 1,000 fountain plan” (including nebulizers, water mirrors and paddling pools) in Paris and the suburbs, 50% funded by the region. This summer, heat waves have been particularly taxing in urban areas of the Ile-de-France region, the densest in France. In addition, the region has set itself the goal of “renaturing” (back to its natural state) 5,000 hectares by 2030, with priority being given to areas in the city: schoolyards, parking lots, squares, but also cemeteries. Two million trees will be planted in addition to the existing 120 million, particularly in urban areas and with an emphasis on species adapted to the new temperatures.
“We will fund 80% of the agricultural investments that will allow farms to adapt to the effects of climate change, particularly in the field of tree care,” announced Valérie Pécresse, recalling that half of the territory of the Ile-de- France was used for agriculture. For individuals, water collection projects are funded at 50%. The total cost of the regional plan for adapting to climate change (Pracc), divided into 60 measures, was estimated at one billion euros. The details and the procedure will be presented in a few weeks, the region assured.
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