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Supporting long-term local decision-making for Climate-adapted Water Management (LIFE Eau&Climat)


The objective of the LIFE Eau&Climat project is to help the actors of water management at the local scale to evaluate the effects of climate change, to take them into account in local management plans, and to implement non-regret adaptation measures despite existing uncertainties. Ten water management structures are involved in the project as associated beneficiaries. 

The added value of the project is expected to be the operational consideration of climate change adaptation at the local level, while supporting the long-term commitment of resource users. To this aim, three strategic objectives are defined:

  • Mobilise local actors, by providing them with tools adapted to 1) assess territorial vulnerabilities, and 2) plan their adaptation paths, and by raising their awareness of climate change issues;
  • Improve access to data on climate change and its impacts on water, and expertise on these data, by developing "hydro-climatic" services; and
  • Mobilise research actors and accelerate the transfer and exchange of knowledge with local stakeholders involved in water management.

The expected results of the project are:

  • Identification of climate change adaptation measures and design of adaptation plans within 10 water management territories;
  • Design and test of tools helping local decision makers develop suitable adaptation measures; Demonstration and validation of the tools in three territories;
  • Awareness raising and training of 200 members of water management bodies for the design of the adaptation plan in each territory;
  • Improved access to hydro-climatic data - development of a hydro-climatic extension of the DRIAS portal by Mto-France, training of local authorities and consultancies on the use of the DRIAS-Eau portal, demonstration of climate data management in four territories;
  • Reinforced collaboration between scientists, decision makers and civil servants;
  • Design of a guide on how to use of climate change modelling in local water management plans and water planning documents (SAGE);
  • Involvement of scientists in water management planning activities in six territories;
  • Organisation of eight trainings to initiate the integration of adaptation measures in water management plans process in other territories (120 local water management plans facilitators or Local Water Commission presidents);
  • Elaboration of four policy briefs to present the recommendations to local decision-makers; and
  • Training of 50 water management teams from 10 European countries in the use of the project's tools.


Project information




SMAVD(Syndicat Mixte d’Aménagement de la Vallée de la Durance), France
SMEAG(Syndicat Mixte d’Etude et d’Aménagement de la Garonne), France
EpageLL(Etablissement Public d'Aménagement et de Gestion des Eaux Loire-Lignon), France
SmCLm(Syndicat mixte Célé - Lot médian), France
EPCharente(Syndicat mixte pour l’aménagement du fleuve Charente et de ses affluents), France
EPLoire(Etablissement public Loire), France
SMBVLB(Syndicat mixte du bassin versant des lacs du Born), France
INRAE(Institut national de recherche pour l'agriculture, l'alimentation et l'environnement), France
GdEst(Région Grand Est), France
EPTBVienne(Etablissement Public Territorial du Bassin de la Vienne), France

Published in Climate-ADAPT Mar 17 2022   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Sep 10 2022

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