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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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Project Objectives

The Xerochore SA objectives are:

•  To synthesize knowledge on past, current and future drought events, which includes physical causes and the spatio-temporal characteristics of droughts, human influences and that also considers climate change trends and impacts (a reference will be made to the flood directive);

•  To compile a roadmap that provides a short to long term vision on research needs and steps forward towards supporting the implementation of drought management plans (including taking into account exemptions due to drought and economic analysis linked to drought crisis) within the WFD development as a result of a European drought policy (integrating also links and interactions to other related policies in the context of Europe's risks and vulnerability);

•  To provide information on possible impacts of droughts and guidance for stakeholders in the area of planning, implementation and scenarios;

•  To further extend and develop the drought network established as part of the European Drought Centre (EDC) to assess the international (inside and outside of Europe) state of the art in research related to droughts, addressing the natural system, economic, social and environmental aspects, and policy development;

•  To link up with non-EU experts (through network partners and members of the External Advisory Board) to ensure that the synthesis, roadmap and guidance to stakeholders includes background (information, materials and knowledge) from other leading continents (e.g. USA, Canada, Australia) and to encourage them to become member of the extended EDC;

•  To initiate a long lasting platform beyond this project through the network (i.e. extended EDC) that communicates drought related research and policy making within the research community, water managers, policy makers and the wider public. It leads to an intensive communication between the different scientific drought communities (northern and southern Europe reflecting difference in drought behaviour and impacts), disciplines, stakeholder representatives, planners, policy-analysts and decision-makers.