CARPIVIA Objectives:

  • To gather information on vulnerability of environmental resources to climate change in the Carpathian region, and on that basis identify and assess potential adaptation measures, with a focus on ecosystem based approaches
  • To identify knowledge gaps to be filled in by additional field research or case studies (executed by a parallel project contract)
  • To contribute to on-going national or regional adaptation strategies or related policy processes, and the EU Knowledge Base on Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation (a.o. EU Adaptation Clearinghouse)

The CARPIVIA project is funded by the European Commission and contributes to the preparatory action "Climate of the Carpathian Basin" approved by the European Parliament. It is implemented by Alterra, Wageningen UR together with its partners ECNC, ECORYS, Grontmij and WWF-DCP. In 2010 the European Commission proposed to focus the work under the preparatory action on the analysis of the vulnerability of water and ecosystems of the region to climate change impacts and other man-made pressures and on identifying potential adaptation measures, focusing on adaptive water management and ecosystem-based approaches.

This focus was selected to provide strong benefits to national and regional authorities of the Carpathian Region, and contribute to concrete policy proposals in line with the Commission White Paper on Adapting to Climate Change, National or Regional adaptation strategies, or a Danube Climate Adaptation Strategy. In addition, the work would provide a contribution to the forthcoming EU Information System on Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation (EU Clearinghouse).

CARPIVIA Actions and Outcomes:

  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Identification and evaluation adaptation measures, incl. cost benefit analysis
  • Data inventory and information gap analysis
  • Stakeholder consultation
  • Web-supported knowledge system with information on vulnerability of water resources, ecosystems and ecosystem based production systems, and on ecosystem based adaptation measures

The analysis will be based on available data and information. Information will be harmonised to enable comparison across regions and sectors. The project will run until 2013.

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