Information on this call is available in French language at http://www.circlemontagne.fr/
In 2009, CIRCLE-2 MOUNT partners were responsible for the launch of the third CIRCLE joint call dedicated to the theme "Climate change impacts (natural and anthropogenic factors) and response options in mountainous areas".
Mountains are an important part of the global system. Because of their vertical extent, climate varies with elevation and thus differs from those in adjacent lowland areas. Their verticality also generates habitat and species diversity over short horizontal distances.
Undoubtedly, global change and climate change in particular may change the capacity of mountain landscapes to generate wealth and to provide livelihood for resident populations and for distant but nonetheless dependant populations.
Such impacts will add further environmental pressures on both social and natural systems in these regions, stressing the need to promptly conduct proactive climate adaptation plans.
Due to its transnational relevance, climate change response policies in mountainous areas must emphasis multilateral research efforts that are able to include the biophysical, social, cultural and economic aspects of these regions. Research on climate adaptation in these areas, including its socio-economic aspects, are thus of prime interest for several European countries with relevant mountainous systems.
CIRCLE-2 MOUNT is dedicated to support the assessment of needs related to climate change and adaptation in countries with strong ties to mountain systems, promoting research cooperation in scientific and policy areas in and around Europe. CIRCLE-2 MOUNT is currently supported by research funding organisations from Austria, France, Greece, Hungary, Sweden, Spain and Turkey.
CIRCLE-2 MOUNT partnership: BMWF; EAA (leader); FORMAS; MEDDTL; MRD; MICINN; MKF and TÜBITAK
Funded projects - 1st Call
The following four projects have been selected for funding: