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Mediterranean Intermittent River Management

Mediterranean Intermittent River Management

Objective

The implementation of the WFD in catchments with temporary rivers presents a significant challenge for watershed managers. The MIRAGE project will, for the first time, comprehensively investigate the applicability of specific management options under the characteristic flush and drought conditions of temporary streams. Through investigations in seven basins, MIRAGE will provide a framework for managing the many Mediterranean water bodies dominated by temporary waters. MIRAGE will deploy a multi-scale approach to improve understanding of temporary river responses to hydrologic, biogeochemical and sediment transport events. The principal research and project objectives of MIRAGE are to (1) provide an applicable and transferable set of reference conditions for temporary streams, specifically linking terrestrial and aquatic ecology; (2) determine effects of dry periods on accumulation and transformation of nutrients, sediments and hazardous substances on land and in river channels, at selected sites with test catchments. (3) specify and test measures to support achieving good ecological and water quality status including the integration of up- and downstream management. This will be done initially for the two mirror basins Candelaro (Italy) and Evrotas (Greece) in close cooperation with local water management organisations; (4) support the implementation of the WFD and the development of strategies for integrated water resources management for Mediterranean river basins, generalising from the Mirror Basins on the basis of modern ecohydrology concepts, in the context of characterising runoff regimes and flood responses on a regional basis. Five other Mediterranean catchments, including one in Morocco, will be used as the primary focus for this work; The transfer of experience and the establishment of common guidelines is then seen as a significant support for WFD implementation across the region.

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Address

Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 Pb Wageningen

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 277 210

Administrative Contact

Linda Oud (Ms.)

Participants (16)

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POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 254 452

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 202 898

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 575 821

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 339 381

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 144 550

UNIVERSIDAD DE MURCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 139 400

UNIVERSITE MONTPELLIER 2 SCIENCES ET TECHNIQUES

France

EU Contribution

€ 258 500

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 184 950

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 165 072

FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 196 000

IMAR- INSTITUTO DO MAR

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 110 760

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 186 295

UNIVERSITE SIDI MOHAMMED BEN ABDELLAH

Morocco

EU Contribution

€ 93 768

AUTORITA DI BACINO DELLA PUGLIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 66 160

NOMARCHIAKI AFTODIOIKISI LAKONIAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 66 160

GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 237 102

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 211732

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2009

  • End date

    31 December 2011

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 595 890,40

  • EU contribution

    € 3 498 479

Coordinated by:

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands