The aim of the WaterCAP cluster project was to match individual project findings with EU, national and regional policies and to give specific feedback to the EU policy level and the newly established Adaptation Steering Group in relation to ‘Climate Proofing’ present and future initiatives such as the Water Framework Directive, Groundwater Directive, Floods Directive, the Habitats Directive, Research directive and Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Water Management is one of the key elements when preparing for future challenges related to climate change. Climate change models indicate that temperatures as well as precipitation will increase in Northern Europe. This will result in a spatial and temporal change in water quality, drought and flooding. Furthermore, sea level rise will increase the risk of coastal flooding. These challenges call for integrated management in the private and public sector.
The overall theme in this cluster project was adaptation to climate change, i.e. its effects on the hydrological cycle and how we can deal with the challenges it creates for our society and natural habitats in order to better manage these and ensure greater resilience.