The Pyrenees Climate Change Observatory project and the four projects associated with the Observatory (Climpy, Replim, Canopee y Florapyr) have been programmed with ERDF funds for more than three million Euros for transborder cooperation on adaptation to climate change for the next three years.

Changement climatique RMP07281 HD Foto OPCCThanks to this financial support, over the next three years, the Pyrenees Observatory will be able to carry out its ambitious action plan for adaptation to climate change, as well as consolidating the crossborder cooperation initiative between Spain, France and Andorra, which is the most relevant in this area.

The Working Community of the Pyrenees is the main partner (project coordinator) of the Pyrenees Observatory project and has six strategic partners, from both sides of the border, who play a leading role in the following thematic areas of research: Universidad de Zaragoza, climatology; the Pyrenees Institute of Ecology of CSIC, high mountain peatbogs and lakes ecosystems; Forespir, forests; the Pyrenees Botanic Conservatory, flora and the CSIC Aula Dei experimental station together with the Geological and Mining Investigation Agency (BRGM), the thematic axis of water resources. The first four partners will coordinate the four projects associated with the Observatory: Climpy, Replim, Canopee and Florapyr respectively.

In particular, in climatology, the database will be completed up to 2016 with daily temperature and rainfall values and regionalized future scenarios will be made. An observation network will be set up across the whole massif on high mountain peat bogs and lakes, for these sensitive ecosystems considered sentinel to climate change. Phenology indicators (the year´s seasonal cycles) in forests and the decay of species such as spruce, oak, beech, black pine and scots pine will be monitored, and criteria will be established for sustainable forest management practices. The flora atlas of the Pyrenees will be improved, collaborating with the international monitoring programme of high mountain plant species, Gloria, and the first red list of endangered species in the Pyrenees will be developed.

Within the framework of the Pyrenees Observatory, thematic publications and global reports about the impact of Climate Change in the Pyrenees will be published, scientific and sectorial seminars will be organized and the online information platform and the geoportal will be managed, among other actions. Similarly, the observatory will establish collaboration agreements with other projects and/or organizations representing socioeconomic sectors, with the aim to help them in their path towards adaptation to climate change.
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