This Collaborative Programme places a focus on specific climate hot-spots, the Mediterranean region and mountain areas that are and are expected to be particularly vulnerable to climate variability and changes and addresses the ecological and socioeconomic challenges that are related thereto.
the Mediterranean region
The Mediterranean basin is considered a “hot spot” of climate change. It displays an ongoing tendency towards drier conditions and this trend is expected to continue and possibly worsen in the coming decades. At the same time, individual events of extreme rainfall continue to cause human losses and severe economic damage. Read more
Often called the “water towers” of our planet, owing to their role in providing water to the surrounding lowland areas, mountain regions are heavily impacted by climate change. Among the changes in the hydrological cycle components are glacier retreat, decrease of snowpack duration and thickness, changes in precipitation regimes, changes in aquifers, slope stability. Read more