EU-XEROCHORE: an Exercise to Assess Research Needs and Policy Choices in Areas of Drought
The EU project XEROCHORE aimed at:
Integration of relevant drought aspects towards a future EU Drought Policy
Important outcomes of the XEROCHORE project are the Science-Policy Briefs (SPBs), which are an innovative way to bridge the gap between science and policy. The SPBs link major drought issues to the EU Water Framework Directive. The SPBs are based upon guidance documents on: (i) the natural/physical system, (ii) economic and social impacts, (iii) environmental impacts, and (iv) drought management and policy options. These comprehensive documents include thorough literature reviews and the outcome of the roundtable discussions with over 80 drought experts. They provide for each of the fields the state-of-the art and research gaps (see extended abstract).