XEROCHORE SA (An Exercise to Assess Research Needs and Policy Choices in Areas of Drought) aims to mitigate and to adapt to droughts, and hence reduce the risks they pose in Europe.
XEROCHORE SA compiles a roadmap that comprises of:
1) a state-of-the-art review and identification of the research gaps in the natural system, in impact assessment, in policy-making and in integrated water resources management, and
2) an assessment of the possible impacts of droughts and guidance on appropriate responses for stakeholders.
An extended network of experts gathers inputs for the roadmap through focussed workshops, round table discussions, which integrate the various aspects, and a concluding conference.
A Core Group guides and facilitates the discussion and synthesis process, and eventually write the integrated roadmap. The project network consists of over 80 organizations including research institutes, universities, ministries, water management organizations, stakeholders, consultants, international organizations and programmes.