Mediterranean Intermittent River ManAGEment
The proposed research project MIRAGE (Mediterranean Intermittent River ManAGEment) aims to provide specific key knowledge for a better assessment of ecological integrity (or ecological status in the words of the European Water Framework Directive) in Mediterranean temporary streams.
MIRAGE will develop the practical measures necessary to understand their impact on nutrient dynamics, toxic substances and organic matter and to link these aspects to an Integrated flood management.
Using thematic investigations in different river basins in all South-European member states and Morocco, the project will undertake an integrative co-development of exemplary River Basin Management Plans in two mirror basins in Greece and Italy to support the applicability of the EU Water Framework Directive for temporary streams and hence supporting substantially the development of Integrated Water Resources Management in the Circum-Mediterranean region.
To date, adequate implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive, 2000/60/EC (EU-WFD) and the development of River Basin Management Plans (RBMP) including the Programme of Measures (PoM) for temporary streams urgently requires new concepts of hydrological and ecological characterization, as well as a revised and better integrated understanding of the impact of management measures, both under extreme floods and in the context of seasonal dry periods.
Mirage is designed to make use of the rich stock of pre-existing knowledge and to focus its work on emerging key research gaps resulting from a careful elaboration process during the last years amongst leading research teams in the ERA.
This project is supported by funding from the specific programme 'Cooperation,' theme 'Environment (including Climate Change)' under the 7th Research Framework Programme of the European Union.
|Subject(s)||CHARACTERISTICAL PARAMETERS OF WATERS AND SLUDGES , HYDRAULICS - HYDROLOGY , METHTODOLOGY - STATISTICS - DECISION AID , NATURAL MEDIUM , POLICY-WATER POLICY AND WATER MANAGEMENT , PREVENTION AND NUISANCES POLLUTION , RISKS AND CLIMATOLOGY , WATER QUALITY|
|Geographical coverage||Greece, Italy, Morocco, France, Spain,Portugal,Germany,Belgium,United Kingdom,|
|Budget (in €)||5600000|
|Programme||EU FP7 Specific Targeted Research Project - Cooperation|
Specifically the MIRAGE research and project objectives are
The main purpose of workpackage WP3 (Hydrology) and WP4 (Ecology) will be to provide the overall knowledge for the hydrological and ecological characterisation, whereas WP4 will use the information developed in WP3 to systematize the reference conditions accordingly. Results will enter the WP2 be used to support the later specifications of the WFD and the support of the RBMP in WP2.
|Period||[01/01/2009 - 31/12/2011]|