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National project NET-SCARCE Consolider

NET-SCARCE Consolider27.Oct.2016 to 31.Dec.2017

NET-SCARCE is a network that builds on the scientific heritage received from the SCARCE project and aims to consolidate the multi-disciplinary network established in its parent project in order to provide insight into the current challenges related with water scarcity under global change. There is a growing concern on relevance of global change (climate, land use, socio-economy, and hydrology) that was on line with the SCARCE project objectives, both in the Mediterranean area and beyond. The SCARCE project has also evidenced that a multidisciplinary and integrative view is necessary in order to correctly approach the problem of global change effects in the Mediterranean River Basins. SCARCE was without doubt the most important project on a national level, to look into these interrelated and multidisciplinary issues that are important for the binomial global change-water scarcity question and its consequences as regards the aquatic ecosystems and related services. Thus, the multidisciplinary team around the water issues and the environment assembled for the SCARCE project aims to enforce the link between the different disciplines it encompasses, never considered up to now to approach the problems affecting the Mediterranean river basins. In the frame of the NET-SCARCE it is therefore possible to consolidate and relaunch the network, then generate new outcomings about the problems of water scarcity on our river basins. It also provides the platform for a systematic consolidation of the relationships with the water managers, as a subsequent step after the SCARCE project for bridging the presently existing communication gap between scientist and water manager and authorities. 

The networking activities between Life MEDACC and NET-SCARCE Consolider projects have resulted in CREAF's participation in the final International NET-SCARCE project Conference "Rivers under water scarcity: Threats and Challenges" developed in Barcelona in 15th and 16th November 2016. CREAF performed an invited presentation on "Experiences in Mediterranean river basins adaptation to climate change".

Dr. Alícia Navarro-Ortega (project manager)