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Adapting to the impacts of Climate Change in the Vipava Valley (LIFE ViVaCCAdapt)


The principal objective of the LIFE ViVaCCAdapt project is to develop a comprehensive strategy for climate change adaptation, taking into account the specificities of the Vipava Valley region.

Agriculture is an important element of the regional economy of the Vipava valley. However, agricultural production has been substantially affected by climate change in the past decades, with higher temperatures, decreased precipitation, increased solar radiation and increased drought intensity all apparent. In particular, there has been an increase in drought intensity since 1990, which is likely to increase even further in the coming years, entailing substantial costs and damage. The effects of climate change are unlikely to be avoided, so it is important to implement appropriate measures of mitigation and adaptation to avoid a substantial negative effect on agricultural production and the economy of the region.

The specific objectives of the project are as follows:

  • To define a set of strategic actions to adapt to climate change using a holistic approach that involves collaboration with experts in a number of different sectors, including agriculture, forestry, hydrology, tourism and urban planning. The project will take into consideration expert assessments of potential environmental problems triggered by proposed agricultural measures;
  • To establish a pilot decision-support system (DSS) for irrigation, in order to rationalise water consumption in accordance with the requirements of the Water Framework Directive; and
  • To design a demonstration centre to plant green wind breaks, in order to show their impact on the maintenance of soil quality and biodiversity and to increase their use.

Project information


Razvojna agencija ROD Ajdovina, Slovenia


Občina Ajdovščina, Slovenia
HIDROTEHNIK Vodnogospodarsko podjetje d.d., Slovenia
BO - MO svetovalno podjetje, d.o.o., Slovenia
Inštitut za vode Republike Slovenije, Slovenia
Univerza v Ljubljani, Slovenia

Source of funding

LIFE15 CCA/SI/000070

Published in Climate-ADAPT Mar 24 2021   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Apr 04 2022

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