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What impacts of climate change on surface water in France by 2070? Results of the Explore2070 project in metropolitan France and overseas departments

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the Explore2070 project aimed at evaluating the possible impacts of future climate and socio-economic changes on water bodies (surface water, groundwater and coastal water) and biodiversity, in metropolitan France and overseas departments (Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guyana, and Réunion Island). The project was managed by the French Ministry of Ecology (MEDDTL) and gathered several consultancies and research institutes to establish a general overview of the expected evolutions by 2070. Through both the extent and the variety of the project’s objectives, Explore2070 will provide answers to many questions raised by managers and better evaluate the stakes related to these evolutions.

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The precaution principle demands to go beyond the sole uncertainties exhibited by the scenarios/models approach

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There is a need for water managers to permanently be informed on and supported by scientific knowledge to make their decisions. This is particularly relevant for what concerns climate change adaptation policy. Some solutions exist in terms of science-policy interface in various domains. For instance an activity on water science policy interface (CIS – SPI) is conducted in Europe to support the milestones of EU Water Framework Directive by linking the research needs relevant to water managers with scientific research advances. This provides a dynamic interface within the Common Implementation Strategy of the Water Framework Directive.

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