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February 21, 2011







Bridging the gap between adaptation strategies of climate change impacts and European water policies


Disastrous and catastrophic water related events are increasing across the world now, much worse than was forecasted by any agency or model.

Under the coordination of the VITUKI-Environmental Protection and Water Management Research Institute in Hungary, a European consortium started collaborating in 2008 in order to study European and international adaptation measures and strategies related to climate changes impacts and how these are taken into account in water policies. The partnership has formulated a coherent framework on adaptation strategies of climate change impacts on water resources, water cycling and water uses of the society.

The Project Climate Water is co-financed from the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union. It is a Co-ordination and Support action (supporting) of 3 years duration (01 November 2008 – 31 October 2011).

By the end of 2010, we at Geonardo Environmental Technologies Ltd. have started to build the Climate Water Stakeholder Platform. Those who are interested in the research results, draft documents and reports can register and get access to the Document Library.

Here they may share results, give comments, upload materials visible to other stakeholders after registration. The platform also contains links to other EC projects that focus on water related impacts of the climate change from a different perspective together with the main websites of the European Union and the research Framework Programme on climate change and water initiatives.

The main EU policies concerned are the Drinking Water Directive (No /83/EC of 3 November 1998 on the quality of water intended for human consumption) and the Directive 2006/118/EC of the European Parliament and of the council of 12 December 2006 on the protection of groundwater against pollution and deterioration’ and other relevant regulations on other water uses and supplies. To analyse all documents related to climate change induced impacts on water related issues, the partners have defined the following sub-grouping:

  • Floods and excess waters;
  • Drought and water scarcity;
  • Water quality and water pollution;
  • Water supply and water management;
  • Nature, aquatic ecosystems;
  • Water industries, navigation, hydropower

On the homepage of the ClimateWater project,, we attempt to give you an answer in terms of adaptation strategies and measures on the basis of the results thus far achieved from our project. You may also find many documents and links on the site.

The project is aimed as the first step on the analysis and synthesis of data information on likely water related impacts of the changes of the climate. We were trying to identify all adaptation strategies that were developed in Europe, as well as globally. The most important output will be the identification of gaps that would hinder the implementation of the EU water policy in combating climate impacts on water.

The project is bringing together scientific and policy experiences on the existing and missing links between Climate change and water management. It should help to identify research needs by developing and applying methodologies, sketching scenarios of water demand, and possibly implementation relevant policies.

By registering on the ClimateWater’s platform you can be informed about the project outcomes and find useful information.

Instrument: FP7 ; Funding scheme: Coordination&Supporting;Duration: 36 months; Consortium: 11patrners from 8 countries

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