CC-WARE Work Package 3

Vulnerability of Water Resources in SEE

Concern about the potential effects of climate change on water supply and water demand is growing. Water resources vulnerability is a critical issue to be faced by society in the near future. Current variability and future climate change are affecting water supply and demand over all water-using sectors. Consequently, water scarcity is increasing.

The objective of WP3 is to assess present and future vulnerability of water resources based on a jointly elaborated methodology. In particular the work package will focus on the identification of drivers influencing vulnerability, the evaluation of the vulnerability of water resources as well as the assessment and classification of drinking water risks under climate change.

Vulnerability of freshwater resources is characterised by several indicators: describing water availability and increasing demand and the future qualitative state of the system compared to drinking water standards.

Vulnerability indicators (e.g. climatic) representing the SEE will be selected. Then the relevant spatial scale for evaluating the indicator ‘homogeneous area’ will be determined. For this reconciliation is needed between different indicators and the indicator data will be collected. Consequently, jointly elaborated maps of water quantity and water quality vulnerability as well as of integrated vulnerability will represent the SEE conditions under climate change.

Land use may significantly influence the quantity of the water resources, water demand and overall water quality. Methodology for determining water resources vulnerability regarding quantity and quality shall take into account also extreme natural events and the multiple impact of the land use. By classifying the water resources vulnerability, critical areas can be identified, where water resources stay under risk.

The knowledge of the areal distribution of vulnerable water resources is an important prerequisite for sustainable management of the relevant areas.

 

Outputs:

Here you can find all outputs produced within this work package!

 

   
Map of homogeneous reference areas in SEE according to the selected indicators Maps
Common methodology on water quantity and quality vulnerability mapping   Document  
Report on a common methodology for selecting indicators Document 
Transnational SEE vulnerability map   Maps
Joint methodology for integrated vulnerability mapping Document
Integrated vulnerability map for drinking water resources in SEE region Maps
1st technical transnational workshop and workshop report   Meetings
2nd technical transnational workshop and workshop report   Meetings
3rd technical transnational workshop and workshop report   Meetings