MEDROPLAN - Mediterranean Drought Preparedness and Mitigation Planning

Level: International
Region: Mediterranean region
Tags: Capacity building & knowledge transfer | Planning & Policy | Stakeholder involvement
Target audience: Agricultural authorities | Environmental authorities | Local government/municipalities | National government | NGOs and CSOs | Regional government | Scientists | Students/university

MEDROPLAN focused on the understanding of drought and its consequences. It studied the impacts of drought on the economy, the environment and on society. The project implemented the transfer of know-how, technology and expertise, institutional strengthening and public awareness. To achieve this, MEDROPLAN developed participative and educational activities, involving stakeholder groups, regional policymakers, resource management planners and regional scientists.

The objectives of MEDROPLAN were to develop guidelines (what became the Drought Management Guidelines, or Guidelines) for drought preparedness plans and to set up a network for drought preparedness in Mediterranean countries.

The Guidelines provide an integrated approach to face drought from a risk management perspective, therefore minimising drought impacts on population and resources. The final version of the Guidelines was translated into six languages.

The work included:

  • Mapping organisations and institutions working on meteorological data, hydrological data and those working on water resources management and drought mitigation.
  • Collection, review, study and analysis of existing information on drought and drought mitigation plans in Mediterranean countries and around the world.
  • Drought risk analysis in six partner countries; drought identification studies, and the collection, analysis and listing of best practices on drought mitigation in the partner countries and in other countries.
  • Guidelines for drought preparedness plans.
  • Verification and testing of the Drought Management Guidelines on six projects in the member countries.
  • Preparation and proposal of a framework document for setting up a drought preparedness network for Mediterranean countries.
  • Dissemination of Guidelines and model plan to Mediterranean countries to help them formulate their own plans.

Results obtained

  • Drought Management Guidelines (print, website and CD versions)
  • Tutorial of the Drought Management Guidelines (website and CD)
  • Technical annexes of the Drought Management Guidelines (print, pdf-downloadable from website, and CD)
  • Better understanding of drought phenomena and the social, economic, and environmental implications related to it.
  • Transfer and exchange of know-how, technology, information and expertise
  • Strengthen institutional capabilities and raise awareness and commitment levels

Success factors

  • Reached a wide range of stakeholders, while avoiding the use of scientific or technical language that can be hard to understand for a non-specialist. The Guidelines were adopted by the different countries, which resulted in better understanding of the causes of drought and its social and environmental impacts.
  • The project successfully linked science, policy and social issues, and strengthened institutional and civil capabilities to improve drought and water scarcity risk management.

Indicators used

  • Rate of transfer of know-how and technology.
  • Rate of exchange of information and expertise.
  • Rate of institutional capabilities.
  • Rate of mobilising public commitment.

The pre-condition of repeating the project is the availability of meteorological data, hydrological data and existing information on drought and drought mitigation plans. Another important pre-condition is political and economic support, as well as stakeholder willingness to test the guidelines in a new setting.

Total costs

  • EUR 3,057,268


Administrative coordination: Dunixi GabiƱa
Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (CIHEAM-IAMZ), Spain
Apartado 202, 50080 Zaragoza. Spain
Tel: +34 976 716000 Fax: +34 976 716001