Through its involvement in high-profile European projects like Orientgate and Water CoRe, among many others, Romania has positioned itself as a key player in European meteorological research, development and services. Dr. Ion Sandu, General Director of Romania’s National Meteorological Association (NMA), points out, “Romania plays an important role among EU countries regarding research on mutual impacts of drought, climate change and economic activities including agriculture, energy, transport, tourism and others.”
Romania is strongly committed to participating in regional efforts to reduce the impact caused by weather, water and climate-related natural disasters. The WaterCoRe project completed in 2013 could be an example of the kind of EU cooperation
Romania advocates. Involving 14 partners from seven EU member states, including Romania and its NMA and EPA Covasna, WaterCoRe aims to promote an exchange of information about water scarcity and drought as well as policies and practical experiences related to managing them. Participating partners will then be able to tailor this knowledge to meet local needs.
At the WaterCoRe kick-of meeting Dr. Ion Sandu says, “I firmly believe that the WaterCoRe project will contribute to creating a new attitude towards the environment and making people more sensitive to the risks, in order to prevent and mitigate the effects of climate change.” He adds, “Pro-active research is necessary to promote better understanding of climate-change impacts and the development of skills, methods and technologies to cope with the consequences of climate change.”