The Institute for Climate Economics recommends investing 2.3 billion euros annually in France

France’s delay in adapting to climate change is again highlightedInstitute of Climate Economics (I4CE). In a report released on Thursday (June 23rd), the reference NGO estimates that at least € 2.3 billion a year will need to be invested to begin the country’s adaptation to floods, heat or fires.

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I4CE has set itself the goal of quantifying the costs of adapting to climate change. In this first publication, the institute compiled a list of 18 budget decisions that can be made “taken now” anticipate the negative effects of climate change and prevent or minimize the damage that these effects can cause. Example, “Increase and maintain over time the funds available to water agencies for their activities in favor of the great water cycle and biodiversity”, in the amount of 300 million per year; “Perpetuate the annual budget to support the dissemination of good adaptation practices in the city”, for 500 million euros; “Incur additional costs to strengthen the requirements for stable structures and adapted to future heat in the construction of educational and research buildings”, at 500 million

According to I4CE, adaptation policy in France is still too timid. “We are not starting from scratch. Actions have been taken, but they remain largely insufficient given the scale of the problems. “ However, the know-how already exists, as in Romorantini, where the MJC has been completely redesigned and rebuilt to overcome the risk of flooding.

In this building, a small kitchen on the ground floor is mounted on jacks to avoid the risk of flooding. “In Florida, during the alarmsays architect Eric Daniel Lacombe, they have trays to put all the furniture and set them at ceiling height. Once the anxiety is over, they turn everything around without losing much. ” This example is quite symbolic. First of all, it was necessary to redistribute the space and in particular the first floor.

“The first floor, we can no longer use it, this is the first observation. Reception and administration on the ground floor. You have to tell yourself that there are places we will lose and places we are going to. to win “.

Eric Daniel Lacombe, architect

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The MJC also has a fun door that turns to let water in if it rises again. “The door on the ground floor is a door that opens in the direction of flow, selects the architect. This caused me to shout horribly at the carpenters, telling me, “But, Mr. Architect, you are wrong.” Doors, they always open inwards or always outwards.

Architect Eric Daniel Lacombe in front of MJC Romorantin (ETIAN MONNEY RADIO FRANCE)

In essence, adaptation here is about risk. In addition, in front of the building we see large metal pontoons with a yellow line, which in places rise by almost four meters.. “The line is the water level when it passed in 2016. We continue to preserve the memory not only of the flood line, but also of the whole place. “ Six years ago, a flood destroyed this MJC. It is on the arm of the river, in the flood zone, but also in the city center.

“It would be unwise, incompetent to destroy this MJC, Says Ginny Lorge, the mayor of Romorantin. We are not destroying the city center, which has been historic for centuries. “ The repairs cost almost 3 million euros. It was also necessary to remove the concrete around the building to make the passage of water smoother, if necessary, and to circumvent the lack of risk culture on the insurance side. “Insurance dramasorry, Jeanne Lorge, this is what the insurance tells you: “I am willing to put 80%, but it needs to be done the same way. Because you have to adapt, you can’t do the same. ”

To specialize in adaptations, architect Eric Daniel Lacombe was inspired by what has already been done, particularly in Japan or the Netherlands. In Romorantino, he designed an area fully adapted to the risk of floods.