Mountain areas are among the territories most affected by natural hazards and these risks are expected to increase due to the effects of climate change (more severe droughts, higher average temperatures, and changes in the rainfall patterns). These risks do not respect administrative limits (for example, fires that cross borders in continuous forest areas) and need transnational coordination.
Mountains are highly vulnerable to natural risks, which are becoming more intense due to climate change. The risk comes from the encounter between a natural phenomenon and the infrastructures and services that occupy the territory. Natural phenomena cause environmental damage, but also social and economic losses. Southwest Europe is one of the areas of the world suffering most from the effects of climate change. Its mountain areas are threatened by four main risks: drought, forest fires, erosion and flooding.
The project aims to strengthen the resilience of the SUDOE mountain territories through a transnational strategic framework based on capitalizing on previous successful projects for the prevention and management of natural climate risks (fires, droughts, flooding and erosion).
The MONTCLIMA project is co-financed by the European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF) through the Interreg SUDOE Programme