The Emilia Romagna Region of Italy has a temperate climate with high seasonal variability in rainfall (minimum in summer and maximum in spring, autumn) and temperature (summer maximum). This variability causes stress on water resources and the environment, particularly during the summer season when demand for irrigation and domestic use is highest. Climate change may exacerbate conflicts and challenges with water management, allocation and distribution. This Living Lab addresses the climate services needs of agriculture (irrigation), water governance (water allocation, withdrawals constrains), and environment (maintenance of aquatic life and the natural environment) sectors. Planning and management of land and water resources to address climate variability and change is a major challenge for these sectors.
Emilia Romagna, Italy