The project

The overall aim of the LIFE ADAPT2CLIMA project is to increase knowledge on the vulnerability of EU Mediterranean agriculture to climate change and to support decision making for adaptation planning. The methodology is based on the deployment of a set of climate, hydrological and crop simulation models for the assessment of climate change impacts on agriculture, as well as, on the development of a decision support tool for the elaboration of adaptation strategies for the agricultural sector.

The project implementation area comprises of three of the largest islands of the Mediterranean Europe, the islands of Crete (Greece), Sicily (Italy) and Cyprus.

The project initiated in October 2015 and has a duration of 43 months. The National Observatory of Athens is the coordinator of the project, while the project partners are the Agricultural Research Institute of Cyprus, the Institute of Biometeorology of the National Research Council of Italy, the National Technical University of Athens, the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Mediterranean Fisheries of the Region of Sicily (Italy) and the Region of Crete (Greece).

The project is co-financed by the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action (2014-2020).

The main expected outcomes of the project are:

  • Estimation of the future climate changes for the three Mediterranean islands and for the selected agricultural areas in particular
  • Assessment of the vulnerability of the pilot rural areas to climate change
  • Development, implementation and demonstration of a decision support tool (ADAPT2CLIMA tool) for enabling well-informed decision-making for adaptation planning in agriculture
  • Development of climate change adaptation strategies for the project implementation areas
  • Raising awareness of stakeholders and target groups on issues related to agriculture and climate change