Understanding climate change in the Mediterranean

Tuesday, 26 January, 2016
The Mediterranean and neighbouring countries are a climate change hotspot, the climate research community believes. Projections suggest water availability is highly likely to fall, while demand will rise. The EU-funded CLIWASEC project cluster studied climate change impacts on water and security, and helped prepare Europe and its neighbours for the challenges ahead with guidance on water efficiency and stakeholder involvement.

The countries concerned, from Greece, Spain and Italy to Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey and Israel, to name but a few, are already experiencing a range of threats to water security – some natural, some man-made. Growing populations and widespread unsustainable agriculture practices, combined with substantially decreased rainfall in summer and stagnating rainfall in winter, will only exacerbate the problem. Alongside the more immediate issue of water scarcity, these factors could also contribute to conflict within and between countries.

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Climate induced changes on water and security
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