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Sustainable management of Mediterranean coastal fresh and transitional water bodies: a socio-economic and environmental analysis of changes and trends to enhance and sustain stakeholders benefits

Objective

Management decisions of fresh water resource are generally driven by the urgency of recent changes in the human (globalisation) and natural (climatic changes) contexts. However, the local context, which is most sensitive to human impact, is often neglected , resulting in conflict. The project aims at encouraging the rational and sustainable use of fresh and transitional water resources within the Mediterranean coastal area, which experiences freshwater scarcity, through participatory approaches. Fresh water bodies in coastal areas, essentially where large demographic concentrations occur, are particularly at risk of negative impacts, risks and threats, both natural and anthropogenic. Water management measures may affect ecosystem viability and sustainable res ource production, which in turn may have a negative influence on Mediterranean human populations, sustained economic growth and development. A number of significant case studies throughout the Mediterranean have been selected for assessment and subsequent analysis. The socio-cultural and environmental contexts will be considered holistically, through an ecosystem approach, to avoid the risk of emphasising specific features or underestimating the needs of fragile components within the system. The assessment of impacts and indicators thereof will result in the development of alternative case-study scenarios, based upon sustainable management strategies, for the potential use by stakeholders. Tangibly, these management plans may subsequently be utilised by stak eholders within the study site environs, as also in the wider context of the Mediterranean, whereby the project case-studies may be extrapolated to other scenarios within the Basin. The specific role of women as end-users of water will be a main focus and special attention will be given to their involvement in the local dissemination of the project findings and results.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/natural resource management/water management
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/physical geography/cartography/geographic information systems
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/databases
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /social sciences/political science/political policy/civil society

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-INCO-MPC-2
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Address
Piazza San Marco, 4
Firenze
Italy

Participants (11)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE - ISTITUTO PER LO STUDIO DEGLI ECOSISTEMI
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro, 7
Roma
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE
Spain
Address
Campus Universitario S.vicente Del Raspeig
Alicante
IMAR - INSTITUTO DO MAR
Portugal
Address
Department Of Zoology, Faculty Of Sciences And Technology, University Of Coimbra
Coimbra
UNIVERSITY OF MALTA
Malta
Address
Tal Qroqq
Msida
CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THE ARAB REGION AND EUROPE
Egypt
Address
Hegaz St. 2, Cedare Building, Heliopolis
Cairo
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Serrano 117
Madrid
UNIVERSITY OF MALTA - FOUNDATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Malta
Address
Old University Building, St. Paul Street
Valletta
AGENCE DE PROTECTION ET D'AMÉNAGEMENT DU LITTORAL
Tunisia
Address
2 Rue Mohammed Rachid Ridha Le Belvédère 1002
Tunis
UNIVERSITÉ ABDELMALEK ESSAADI - FACULTÉ DES SCIENCES DE TÉTOUAN
Morocco
Address
M'hannach Ii
Tétouan
UNIVERSITÉ EL MANAR - FACULTÉ DES SCIENCES DE TUNIS
Tunisia
Address
Campus Universitaire
Tunis
UNIVERSITÉ MOHAMMED V AGDAL - INSTITUT SCIENTIFIQUE
Morocco
Address
Avenue Ibn Battota, Agdal
Rabat