Project aim

DMCSEE project aimed at coordinated development and application of drought risk management tools and policies. Since definitions and thresholds for drought differed between the countries in the region, the partnership agreed upon an integrated approach combining outputs of meteorological services and information from agricultural institutions. It introduced and continued to provide then-missing regional information on drought situation. Using common methodology in drought analysis and impact assessment the project obtained regionally comparable results enabling better overview of drought situation for sectors economically dependent on water availability, such as agriculture, energy and tourism. Quality assessments of drought occurrence risk and possible drought impacts provided by DMCSEE partnership were disseminated to decision-makers and general public, in order to build the capacity for effective and timely decisions to reduce drought related damages.

 Specific objectives to achieve the main aim:

  • preparation of regional drought monitoring, analysis, early warning products
  • assessment of regional vulnerability to drought impacts
  • promotion and strengthening of the capacity for drought preparedness, monitoring and management (training events, national seminars)
  • setting up Drought Management Centre for South East Europe as an exchange of knowledge, experience and best practice on drought issues (SEE network)
  • enhancing the implementation of the EU policies in the context of drought preparedness, monitoring and management, in particular in implementing existing national drought strategies
  • raising awareness of decision-makers, relevant stakeholders and end-users on importance of effective drought preparedness, monitoring and management
Introduction to DMCSEE process and DMCSEE TCP project (PPT presentation):


Lead Partner
  • Slovenian Environment Agency, Slovenia
  • Alianta, project consulting, d.o.o., Slovenia
  • Slovenian Institute of Hop Research and Brewing, Slovenia
  • VITUKI Environmental Protection and Water Management Research Institute, Hungary
  • Hungarian Meteorological Service, Hungary
  • Directorate for Environmental Protection and Water Management of Lower Tisza District, Hungary
  • Pushkarov Institute of Soil Science, Bulgaria
  • National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, Bulgaria
  • Georama Regional Development Organization, Greece
  • Agricultural University of Athens, Greece
  • Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service, Croatia
  • University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Water Management, Serbia
  • Republic Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia, Serbia
  • Hydrometeorological Institute of Montenegro, Montenegro
  • Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry and Water economy -  Hydrometerological Service, FYRO Macedonia
  • Institute for Energy, Water and Environment, Albania
  • Public Water Management Company - Vode Vojvodine, Serbia

Project structure and outcomes

    • WP1: Transnational project management and coordination
    • WP2: Communication and dissemination
    • WP3: Climatological monitoring and mapping system
    • WP4: Drought risk assessment
    • WP5: Capacity building trainings
    • WP6: The start-up of the DMCSEE
    • DMCSEE Kick-off Meeting, 16–18 September 2009, Budapest, Hungary
    • 4th International Scientific Conference BALWOIS, 25–29 May 2010, Ohrid, FYRO Macedonia
    • 2nd Meeting and Training, 1–5 February 2010, Budapest, Hungary
    • 3rd Meeting and Training, 7–11 June 2010, Ljubljana, Slovenia
    • 4th Meeting and Training, 23–26 November 2010, Naupilon, Greece
    • 5th Meeting and Training, 28 June – 1 July 2011, Laško, Slovenia
    • Final Conference and Publication of the DMCSEE Project, 14–15 May 2012, Ljubljana, Slovenia

WP3: Climatological monitoring and mapping system --- RESULTS

Implementation of Standardised Precipitation Index (SPI) - Joint Report
Palfai Drought Index (PaDI) – Expansion of applicability of Hungarian PAI for Southeast Europe (SEE) region
Report on irrigation scheduling tools – case study for Bulgaria

WP4: Drought risk assessment --- RESULTS

Archive of local / regional / national drought periods and impacts based on historical records
Drought vulnerability estimates based on climatological and geomorphological data - Joint Report
Drought risk assessment based on impacts archive

Other publications

DMCSEE Final Publication
DMCSEE Implementation Plan
 In the frame of the DMCSEE TCP project monthly drought bulletins began to be published.
The project DMCSEE was co-financed by European Union
through South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme.