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Funded by EU FP7

XEROCHORE is a Support Action founded by European Commission under the FP7 - Theme 6, Environment (Including Climate Change)

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EDCThe European Drought Centre (EDC) is a virtual centre of European drought research and drought management organisations to promote collaboration and capacity building between scientists and the user community.

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XEROCHORE is a Support Action aimed at assisting in the development of a European Drought Policy in accordance with the EU-Water Framework Directive (EU-WFD).

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.

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