This project is aimed at strengthening resilience to climate change of vulnerable sectors of water resources management, agriculture, energy and tourism in a specific area of Imotski Region.
Due to climate change in the light of rising temperatures, warming of surface waters, a significant drop in surface and groundwater levels and declining water availability, drastic changes are predicted in the future that will affect the entire region. The impact of climate change on the water resources of this area is also reflected in other sectors that depend on water or affect their condition, especially agriculture, energy and tourism....
The intertwining and dynamic links between energy, water and food in the management of these resources are united by the "energy-water-food nexus" method, which enables the observation of the effects that a decision in a particular sector produces in other sectors and a coordinated approach that takes into account feedback, trade-offs and synergies between sectors, which is why it is an important tool in adapting to climate change. Using the "EWF connection" method during the implementation of the research in the covered area will strike a balance in the management of vulnerable sectors, and a multidisciplinary, integrated approach will enable comprehensive and effective measures to adapt to climate change.
In order to develop adaptation measures, the beneficiary will conduct an applied research with project partners, the backbone of which is continuous monitoring of water quality and quantity, climatic parameters and modeling of the hydrogeological system of the wider Imotski field. Based on the collected data and models, the impact of climate change on water resources will be analyzed, the level of harmful effects of climate change on the agricultural sector and its vulnerability in terms of identifying the most affected crops will be assessed, the utilization of hydropower potentials will be examined, as well as the possibilities of application of renewable energy sources in Imotski field and its utilization for the purpose of a hybrid reversible plant. The collected data will also be used to analyze the impact of climate change on tourism.
In order for the analyzes to be carried out, all the data collected will be consolidated in a previously established database that will be available to the academic community and other stakeholders at various security levels. In addition, the actual data on the condition of the lake from the established database will be displayed on 3 information panels set up in the town of Imotski and next to the Blue and Red Lakes and thus be available to the general public.
Project name : “VODIME – Waters of Imotski region”
Grant contract reference number: KK.05.1.1.02.0024
Beneficiary: University of Split, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy
Ulica Matice hrvatske 15, Split, OIB: 83615500218
Total eligible project costs are 3.328.701,69 HRK, of which:
-Grants from the European Regional Development Fund (Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-202) in the amount of 2.829.396,42 HRK
-The Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency co-finances 414.431,19 HRK, based on the Agreement on Cooperation between the Fund and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency
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