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Strategies for increasing the WATer use efficiency of semi-arid Mediterranean watersheds and agrosilvopastoral systems under climate CHange

SWATCH Project

Strategies for increasing the WATer use efficiency of semi-arid Mediterranean watersheds and agrosilvopastoral systems under climate CHange

SWATCH Project

Strategies for increasing the WATer use efficiency of semi-arid Mediterranean watersheds and agrosilvopastoral systems under climate CHange

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The Goal

The overarching goal of this research project is to develop and apply innovative methodologies to increase the social-ecological water use efficiency of managed ecosystems along the Mediterranean biome and climate types, in the face of drier and more extremes climates. We will focus on a diverse set of seasonally dry ecosystems, spanning a large gradient of mean annual rainfall (from 35 to 935 mm/y) across the Mediterranean biome.

The opportunities

The project economic impact will be significant for agricultural development and its sustainability since it will increase the system efficiency and decrease the overall costs. Stakeholders will be involved and will have a main role in the project. The project will provide to the stakeholders the scientific approach and results for defining the planning and management strategies for both current and future climates.