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Mid-mountain adaptation to climate change (LIFE MIDMACC)


Mountain areas are the major source of freshwater for lowlands thanks to their perennial and intermittent rivers. Southern Europeans mountains are highly sensitive to climate change, particularly in terms of downstream water resources. Such landscapes support higher biodiversity, provide vital ecosystem services, and are more resilient to climate change. The main objective of LIFE MIDMACC is to promote climate change adaptation in marginal mid-mountain areas of Spain, while improving socioeconomic development. The project also aims to:

  • develop and implement landscape adaptation in marginal mid-mountain areas to improve their environmental and socio-economic resilience to climate change;
  • assess the socio-economic and ecologic effectiveness of such measures, working across sectors and at multiple scales and determining related implications through widespread monitoring and modelling;
  • involve key managers and economic and environmental agents in the design, development and assessment processes and work to get affected regional committees involved early in decision making;
  • create a coordinated policy framework among regional governments to improve the sustainable use of marginal mid-mountain areas;
  • develop integrated climate change adaptation guidelines for mid-mountain areas;
  • raise awareness at local and regional levels about societal and environmental climate change adaptation in mountainous areas; and
  • support how European policies on climate change adaptation in mountainous rural areas are applied and developed.

Project information




CSIC (Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)); UNIZAR (Universidad de Zaragoza); CTP (Consorcio de la Comunidad de Trabajo de los Pirineos); IRTA (Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries); UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona); OCCC (Generalitat de Catalunya, Oficina Catalana del Canvi Climàtic); UR (Universidad de La Rioja / University of La Rioja)

Source of funding

LIFE18 CCA/ES/001099-Total budget/expenditure: EUR 2,595,725.00 European Union funding: EUR 1,427,639.00

Published in Climate-ADAPT May 11 2020   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Sep 10 2022

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