Funded by
  • European Commission
Duration 3 years from 29/12/2011 to 28/12/2015

Coordinating organizationTop
  • CIHEAM IAMB - Centro Internazionale di Alti Studi Agronomici Mediterranei
CMCC Scientific LeaderTop CMCC Project managerTop DivisionTop General aimsTop

ACLIMAS is a demonstration project funded within the Sustainable Water Integrated Management (SWIM) programme of the European Commission (EC). The project addresses the priority – Water and Climate Change – by promoting in 6 Mediterranean countries/target areas the demonstration / implementation / dissemination of the research results of previous EC-funded initiatives.
The overall objective is to bring a durable improvement of the agricultural water management and a broader socio-economic development of target areas in the context of adaptation to climate change, increasing water scarcity, and desertification risks. ACLIMAS pursues an holistic multidisciplinary border-crossing approach that integrates a set of locally-tailored technical adaptation measures with socio-economic and environmental aspects of water management in Mediterranean agriculture.

Specific objectives

  • To improve the initial conditions (local offices, stations, and demonstration fields) for lasting promotion of sustainable agricultural practices in target areas;
  • To demonstrate the applicability for the selected combinations of genotypes and water management practices (including water harvesting and conservation tillage) at demonstration fields;
  • To adapt/stabilize agricultural production through large scale on-ground implementation of the best performing genotypes and water harvesting/management practices;
Expected resultsTop

Improved water productivity in agriculture and more stable agricultural production.

The expected direct outputs

  • 6 demonstration fields with agro-meteorological stations, other equipment and Excel-based irrigation scheduling tool;
  • 2 years of testing (at least 48 combinations of genotypes and water management practices);
  • 24 training courses and 600 farmers, technicians and water managers trained;
  • 60 field days with the participation of 1200 local stakeholders;
  • 2 years on-ground implementation of the best performing varieties and water harvesting and management practices in a surface area of at least 240 ha with the involvement of at least 120 farmers;
  • 2 guidelines, 24 brochures, 6 seminars, 180 minutes of video material, etc.

Social and economic impact

  • support of the local communities to market a quality durum wheat (in Lebanon and Morocco) and chick pea (in Morocco) products and
  • promotion of the women cooperatives for durum wheat transformation to several types of couscous on downstream value chain (in Morocco).



Demonstration, replication, on-ground implementation, dissemination, training, sustainability evaluation.

  • Umweltbundesamt GmbH
  • Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Gesundheit
  • Forstliche Versuchs - und Forschungsanstalt Baden - Württemberg
  • Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern
  • Amt der Niederösterreichischen Landesregierung, Abteilung Umweltwirtschaft und Raumordnungsförderung (RU3)
  • Amt der Kärntner Landesregierung, Abteilung 15 Umwelt
  • Paris-Lodron Universität Salzburg (PLUS), Zentrum für Geoinformatik (Z_GIS)
  • UNEP Regional Office for Europe - Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention
  • Agenzia Regionale per la Prevenzione e Protezione Ambientale del Veneto - Dipartimento Regionale per la Sicurezza del Territorio
  • ARPA - Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione Ambientale del Piemonte, Centro regionale per la Ricerca Geologica e territoriale
  • CMCC - Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change
  • Accademia Europea Bolzano
  • Université de Savoie, Laboratoire EDYTEM - UMR 5204
  • Urbanistični inštitut Republike Slovenije
  • Bundesamt für Raumentwicklung, Sektion Ländliche Räume und Landschaft
  • Bundesamt für Umwelt, Sektion Klimaberichterstattung und –anpassung
  • Fürstentum Liechtenstein, Amt für Wald, Natur und Landschaft