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The case studies within the MEDIATION project serve as illustrations for addressing several climate change adaptation challenges at different decision making levels, in representative countries of Europe. The purpose of the case studies is to support the project by assessing the conditions for applicability of adaptation options, by making bottom-up analysis of the adaptation decision making context at the countries of focus, by developing methods for adaptation decision making, and by supporting the WPs to formulate common methodological elements and finally create and integrated methodology for decision making.

In order to achieve this purpose, the case studies will first gather information from local stakeholders about existing decision making contexts, identify the perceived policy needs, and develop adaptation options, which will be suitable for the region in focus. As a second stage, the information gathered will serve as inputs to WP2 and WP3 to identify and apply appropriate methods and tools to assess impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation options. After second round of stakeholder consultations of assessing the applicability of suggested methods and tools, WP4 will meta-analyze the case descriptions in order to achieve an integrated methodology.

The cases have been selected with the aim of representing the sub-European regions (Northern, Western, Southern, Central Europe) in several vulnerable sectors such as health, land use, coastal areas, agriculture and tourism with 8 studies, besides 2 Europe-wide studies focusing on impacts of floods and forest fires.

What are case steps?

The MEDIATION Platform applies a novel concept in providing access to case study information:

All case studies within the MEDIATION Platform's case pool are broken down into a set of steps, with each step decribing the question adressed, the methods applied, and the results achieved.

Using the Case Study Navigator

All case steps can be browsed flexibly with the MEDIATION Platform's Case Study Navigator.

You can navigate between all steps of a case study simply by selecting any of the steps in the graphical representation of the step structure provided by the Case Study Navigator.

Content information

Note that the project has as yet a limited set of case studies, from which generic relationships between adaptation tasks and methods have been derived.

It is envisaged that in the future additional cases will be added and used to further improve the system.
EU3 - Forest fires
NE1 - Vulnerability of the elderly
Nordic region;
NE2 - Biodiversity change
Biodiversity and ecosystem services
SE3 - Guadiana basin
Agriculture and livestock; Water resources
Guadiana basin (Spain)
SE1 - Sorry, no more wine!
Agriculture and livestock; Water resources
Tuscany (Italy)
WE1 - Wadden sea
Water resources; Marine and Fisheries
Wadden sea (Netherlands)
WE2 - Turning point analysis of Rhine river policies
Water resources; Marine and Fisheries
Rhine basin (Netherlands)
external case: CLIMSAVE
multiple sectors