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Bridging the gap between adaptation strategies of climate change impacts and European water policies

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Water policy reflects changing climate

The European Union must address the effect of climate change and how its impacts can be mitigated through policies for water use. The EU-funded Climatewater project will help decision makers to make the best

Climate Change and Environment

Climatewater is identifying strategies for reducing the effect of climate change on water resources and the aquatic environment. The project is also developing a framework for conserving water resources that are used both by society and in nature. Major impacts of climate change include flooding, drought and water scarcity, which can also cause deterioration in water quality. Flash floods can result in an increase in heavy metals and pathogens in the water supply. The effect of climate change on natural systems such as forests must also be addressed in order to preserve these key habitats and the biodiversity they contain. Changes due to climate change can also include more extreme weather events, rising sea levels and increased storm surges. Changes in water levels will have serious consequences for river navigation and hydropower. The nuclear power industry also requires large amounts of water for cooling purposes. The consortium contains partners with both scientific and policy experience that can identify research needs and gaps in water related policies that might hinder the EU's response to climate change. The Climatewater project will therefore play a key role in preparing European institutions, industry and infrastructure for the challenges that lie ahead.

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