Regional Environmental Change

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 619–622 | Cite as

Mediterranean land systems under global change: current state and future challenges

  • Marc Voltz
  • Wolfgang Ludwig
  • Christian Leduc
  • Sami Bouarfa

The Mediterranean region is one of the areas in the world that is recognized as a hot spot not only for climate change but also more generally for global change. Indeed, the Mediterranean land surfaces and their associated socio-ecosystems are facing large modifications linked to an increase in drought frequency (Hoerling et al., 2011); to an ever-increasing population, from 370 million in 2000 to probably 560 million in 2030 (Ludwig et al., 2010); and to intense migration to coastal cities (Mediterra, 2008). The future of the Mediterranean socio-ecosystems is therefore questionable. It is even more so because for many years now, their natural resources have been under pressure and became insufficient in many countries when compared to the needs of the populations. The situation is expected to worsen and favor large social tensions, within and between the Mediterranean countries. Water resources are drastically lacking in the southern and eastern Mediterranean countries where 108...


Mediterranean region Socio-ecosystems Sustainable management Global change 



We would like to thank all those who contributed to this special issue as well as the Editor in Chief of Regional Environmental Change and the reviewers for their help in the edition of the submitted papers. We also thank all colleagues and institutes from the Mediterranean Rim who participated to the SICMED programme and proved possible to build a genuine and stimulating interdisciplinary cooperation on a topic that is of interest for the whole Mediterranean region. Finally, CNRS-INSU, INRA, IRD and IRSTEA are greatly acknowledged for providing financial support to SICMED in the framework of the MISTRAL initiative.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LISAH, Univ Montpellier, INRA, IRDMontpellier SupAgroMontpellierFrance
  2. 2.CEFREMUniversité de PerpignanPerpignanFrance
  3. 3.G-Eau, Univ Montpellier, AgroParisTech, CIRAD, IRD, IRSTEAMontpellier SupAgroMontpellierFrance

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