Mediterranean societies are increasingly facing floods, water scarcity, heat waves, prolonged droughts, flows variability, temperature rises and decreased rainfall with related impacts on vegetation. The impact of these phenomena is expected to intensify the existing risks of desertification and forest fires, particularly in regions where water scarcity is already a concern. Developing adaptation measures aimed at reducing the vulnerability of these ecosystems and strengthening their resilience is therefore of crucial importance.
MASTER ADAPT aims to develop a methodology addressed to Local Authorities (Regions, Metropolitan Cities and Groups of Municipalities) to mainstream adaptation to climate change in their plans and programmes, as a key element for the sustainable management of their own territory.
The territories involved in MASTER ADAPT are: Sardinia Region, Lombardy Region, City of Sassari, Metropolitan City of Venice Metropolitan, Metropolitan Area of Cagliari, Union of Cities in Northern Salento, an aggregation of Municipalities in northern Milan area.
This project plans different actions to improve the mitigation of the impact of droughts and floods at the catchment level. All these actions will be implemented in different catchments of Europe and South Africa, covering contrasted environmental conditions and specific problematic.
The networking activities between LIFE MEDACC and IMDROFLOOD projects results in contribution of LIFE MEDACC results about climatic and hydrologic droughts registered in the study area to enrich the information of IMDROFLOOD.
The Life Clinomics project proposes to launch new investment processes of public bodies, especially municipalities and private companies of certain representative sectors, to reduce their vulnerability, anticipate climate impacts and increase their resilience, improving competitiveness and increasing occupation.
The project LIFE EBRO-ADMICLIM (ENV/ES/001182) puts forwards pilot actions for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change in the Ebro Delta (Catalonia, Spain), an area vulnerable to sea level rise and subsidence.
REAGRITECH aims to demonstrate a method for recycling water resources at parcel scale, in order to optimize the resources for its best use in the ecosystem and therefore achieve a sustainable and integrated river basin, by improving the chemical characteristics of the reused water and, therefore improve the natural environment surrounding them.
ECTAdapt objective is to develop a common policy on adaptation to climate change in the Catalan Cross-Border Area (ECT). This project has the objective to raise awareness to diferent audience targets (population, economic actors, vulnerable groups, administrations, youth, ...) to the challenges of adapting the cross-border territory to the expected climate change and encourage them to participate in the action impact.
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.
This project will develop a tool for vegetation monitoring by means of an ecohydrological model, calibrated by means of hydrological data. The model will be run for the last decades by means of meteorological data, which allow to determine in real time the vegetation status and to establish risk alerts. The tool will be calibrated and implemented in different continental national protected areas of Spain, located in the Iberian Peninsula.