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Water Availability and Security in Southern EuRope and the Mediterranean

Water Availability and Security in Southern EuRope and the Mediterranean

Objective

The WASSERMed project will analyse, in a multi-disciplinary way, ongoing and future climate induced changes in hydrological budgets and extremes in southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East under the frame of threats to national and human security. A climatic and hydrological component directly addresses the reduction of uncertainty and quantification of risk. This component will provide an interface to other climatologic projects and models, producing climate change scenarios for the Mediterranean and Southern Europe, with special emphasis on precipitation. Five case studies will be considered: 1) Syros Island (Greece), 2) Sardinia Island (Italy), 3) Merguellil watershed (Tunisia), 4) Jordan river basin, and 5) the Nile River system (Egypt). The case studies are illustrative and represent situations which deserve special attention, due to their relevance to national and human security. Furthermore, impacts on key strategic sectors, such as agriculture and tourism, will be considered, as well as macroeconomic implications of water availability in terms of regional income, consumption, investment, trade flows, industrial structure and competitiveness. WASSERMed is an interdisciplinary project, which overall aims at all three targets of the call, through the integration of climate change scenarios, holistic water system modelling and interdisciplinary impact assessment, with three main contributions: a) Integration of climate change scenarios, holistic water system modelling. This provides results for reduction of uncertainties of climate change impacts on hydrology in the identified regions; b) Interdisciplinary approach, coupling macroeconomic implications and technical indicators. This provides a better assessment of climate effects to water resources, water uses and expected security risks; c) Proposal of specific adaptation measures for key sectors of the Mediterranean economy. This provides better basis for achieving water security.
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Coordinator

FONDAZIONE CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEOSUI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI

Address

Via A Imperatore 16
73100 Lecce

Italy

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 862 640

Administrative Contact

Laura Panzera (Ms.)

Participants (11)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 350 606,80

CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE DI ALTISTUDI AGRONOMICI MEDITERRANEI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 275 580

CLU srl

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 90 720

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 387 000

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 179 021

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND EXTENSION, MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE

Jordan

EU Contribution

€ 54 200

POTSDAM INSTITUT FUER KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 262 801,50

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT

France

EU Contribution

€ 202 248

MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES AND IRRIGATION

Egypt

EU Contribution

€ 107 600

Institut National Agronomique de Tunisie

Tunisia

EU Contribution

€ 107 556

UNIVERSITY OF JORDAN

Jordan

EU Contribution

€ 54 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244255

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    31 March 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 669 943,27

  • EU contribution

    € 2 933 973,30

Coordinated by:

FONDAZIONE CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEOSUI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI

Italy

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