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An Exercise to Assess Research Needs and Policy Choices in Areas of Drought

Objective

In recent years large parts of Europe suffered from extreme drought, a phenomenon that likely will become more frequent and more severe, as predicted by the climate models. This will lead to significant socio-economic and environmental impacts and associated damages. There is therefore an urgent need to develop a roadmap toward a European Drought Policy, in accordance with the EU-Water Framework Directive (WFD) and related EU Legislation and Actions. The aim is to mitigate and to adapt to droughts, and hence reduce the risks they pose in Europe. XEROCHORE SA compiles a roadmap that comprises of: 1) a state-of-the-art review and identification of the research gaps in the natural system, in impact assessment, in policy-making and in integrated water resources management, and 2) an assessment of the possible impacts of droughts and guidance on appropriate responses for stakeholders. An extended network of experts will gather inputs for the roadmap through focussed workshops, round table discussions, which integrate the various aspects, and a concluding conference. A Core Group will guide and facilitate the discussion and synthesis process, and eventually write the integrated roadmap. The project network consists of over 80 organizations including research institutes, universities, ministries, water management organizations, stakeholders, consultants, international organizations and programmes. It includes key members of the European Drought Centre and the WFD-CIS Working Group on Water Scarcity and Drought and representatives from overseas and neighbourhood countries, in particular around the Mediterranean Basin. The large number of organizations covering different aspects and geographic regions guarantee that all drought aspects will be covered. The drought network will be embedded in the already-existing European Drought Centre to reach the wider scientific and to provide research advice and policy support to the EC beyond the lifetime of this action.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Coordinator

FONDAZIONE ENI ENRICO MATTEI
Address
Corso Magenta 63
20123 Milano
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 448 087,68
Administrative Contact
Martina Marian (Ms.)

Participants (11)

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 294 954,06
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kees Van T Klooster (Dr.)
Water Management Center, Bauer & Olsson GbR
Germany
EU contribution
€ 267 714
Address
Callinstr. 14
30167 Hannover
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Melanie Bauer (Dr.)
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
EU contribution
€ 83 113,82
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Petter Gøde Hovind (Mr.)
MINISTERO DELL'AMBIENTE E DELLA TUTELA DEL TERRITORIO E DEL MARE
Italy
Address
Via Cristoforo Colombo 44
00147 Roma
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fernarda De Marco (Ms.)
MINISTERIO DE MEDIO AMBIENTE Y MEDIO RURAL Y MARINO
Spain
Address
Plaza San Juan De La Cruz S/n
28071 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alberto Rodríguez-Fontal (Dr.)
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 61 525
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon Wilthshire
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gwyn Rees (Dr.)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 103 255
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dionysis Assimacopoulos (Prof.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 61 525
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Arminda Machado (Dr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES POUR L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET L'AGRICULTURE
France
EU contribution
€ 61 525
Address
Rue Pierre Gilles De Gennes 1
92761 Antony Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eric Sauquet (Dr.)
UNION INTERNATIONALE POUR LA CONSERVATION DE LA NATURE ET DE SES RESSOURCES
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 61 525
Address
Rue Mauverney 28
1196 Gland
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ger Bergkamp (Mr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 57 664,44
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jochen Froebrich (Dr.)