The aim of the assessment is to identify the vulnerability of the Carpathian ecosystems and ecosystem based production systems to specific climate change pressures. The main climate pressures that will be considered in this assessment are:
A stakeholder group will be invited to participate in the assessment, combining qualitative regional knowledge and quantitative information. The vulnerability assessment process will be based on three main steps:
Step 1: Assessment of the potential climate change impacts on ecosystems and ecosystem based production systems, including:
Step 2: Identification and assessment of potential climate change adaptation measures, focusing on adaptive water management and ecosystem based approaches.
Step 3: Integration of the impact assessment and adaptation assessment along with results from supporting studies into a comprehensive vulnerability assessment.