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Commission Européenne (CORDIS) 1996

MEDALUS III Mediterranean desertification and land use. Project 2 : target areas

Mediterranean Desertification

CORDIS (Service Communautaire d’Information sur la Recherche et le Développement) Commission Européenne

Titre : MEDALUS III Mediterranean desertification and land use. Project 2 : target areas

Région : Méditerranée

Code du projet : ENV4950119 FP4-ENV 2C

Durée : From 1996-01-01 to 1999-06-30

Descriptif
The work will concentrate on the following aspects : (a) Identification and mapping of environmentally sensitive areas (ESAs) to desertification. (b) Definition of ESAs to desertification based on sets of measured attributes such as climate variability, ecosystems, land use changes, land abandonment, and landscape characteristics. (c) Investigation of specific processes involved in land degradation and desertification. (d) Development and improvement of counter measurements and strategies for sustainable management of land resources and protection against desertification.
The project involves the detailed study of the issue of desertification mitigation, policy making, and regional level interactions in four areas along the northern Mediterranean and the Atlantic coastline which in particular are located in Alentejo (Portugal), Guadalentin-Segura basins (Spain), Agri valley (Italy), and Lesvos (Greece).
The studied sites are on a variety of landscapes and lithological units, and under a number of land-uses representative of the Mediterranean region, such as semi-natural forests and shrubland, abandoned agricultural land or agricultural land. The important results expected from this project are the following : (a) Presentation and documentation ESAs to desertification in the Mediterranean region. (b) Insights into the actions required to meet specific problems which, while arising and set in the context of the individual target areas, have wider regional significance. (d) Development of a methodology for mapping ESAs which can be applied throughout the Mediterranean region and may be used as a policy tool by national and transnational agencies to implement policy strategies, and formulate useful guidelines for future policy strategies for mitigation action against desertification.

Participants au projet
Coordinateur : AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS (Greece)
Participants : FUNDACION UNIVERSIDAD EMPRESA DE LA REGION DE MURCIA Spain  ; FUNDACION UNIVERSIDAD EMPRESA DE LA REGION DE MURCIA Spain ; Fundacion Universidad Empresa de Murcia Spain ; UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA Portugal ; UNIVERSIT DEGLI STUDI DELLA BASILICATA Italy ; UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA Spain ; UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE United Kingdom

Présentation : Commission Européenne

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