Mediterranean Drought Preparedness and Mitigation Planning
- Water resources in the semi-arid countries and particularly in the
Mediterranean region are limited, scarce, and difficult to predict from year
to year. For these reasons, and with demand rising due to population growth
and improving standards of living, water management problems are tremendous
even without droughts.
- Drought, which is the normal, recurrent feature of every climate, combined with water scarcity, has dramatic effects on the economies and environments of Mediterranean countries: both on the people themselves and the population’s well-being. Unfortunately, most Mediterranean countries react to drought only when it is upon them, by responding to immediate needs and providing what are often costly solutions. These countries frequently lack the permanent structures and plans to cope with drought that exist in other countries, such as the US or Australia.
|Subject(s)||WATER DEMAND , METHTODOLOGY - STATISTICS - DECISION AID , DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION : COMMON PROCESSES OF PURIFICATION AND TREATMENT , no translation available , no translation available|
|Geographical coverage||Spain, Cyprus, Morocco, Greece, Tunisia, Italy|
|Budget (in €)||2445815|
|Objectives||- The Project's main ultimate objective is to create Guidelines for
Drought Preparedness Plans. It is expected that the Guidelines will provide
partner countries with an integrated approach for minimising the impacts of
drought on their people and resources, and for changing the approach to
drought from the current "crisis management" attitutude to a more proactive
one of "risk management".
- The Guidelines will be adapted to the physical and socio-economic environment of the Mediterranean countries and their elaboration will follow a common methodology. Another important objective of the project is to provide the framework for the setting up of a Drought Preparedness Network for the Mediterranean countries.
|Results||- Other expected results are:
- the better understanding of drought, its causes, effects and impact on the economy, environment and social conditions; the transfer of know-howand technology; the exchange of information and expertise; the strengthening of institutional capabilities and awareness-raising; the mobilization and promotion of civil commitment.
- The work will include:
|Period||[15/06/2003 - 01/07/2007]|