Water Scenarios for Europe and for Neighboring States (SCENES)

The project "Water Scenarios for Europe and for Neighbouring States" (SCENES) was a project developing and analysing a set of comprehensive scenarios of Europe's freshwater futures up to 2050, covering all of "Greater Europe" reaching from the Caucasus to the White Sea in the East, and including the Mediterranean rim countries of North Africa and the Near East.
The project was implemented from November 2006 till April 2011 and financially supported by European Community’s 6th Framework Programme.
 These scenarios will provide a reference point for long-term strategic planning of European water resource development, alert policymakers and stakeholders about emerging problems, and allow river basin managers to test regional and local water plans against uncertainties and surprises which are inherently embedded in a longer term strategic planning process.
 One of the most important outcomes of the Project is the storylines. The storylines portray in words, pictures or diagrams the step-by-step developments of changes in Europe that affect water use and availability, and vice versa, how changes in water use and availability will affect Europeans. By developing storylines with different themes, we explore the uncertainties that future water managers and stakeholders may have to face (changes in irrigation withdrawals, climate, technology, infrastructure etc.) and robust strategies for dealing with these changes. The storylines explore, for example, how social, financial, economic, and cultural changes will modify the future demand for water in Europe, and how the capacity of people in various parts of Europe for coping with drought can be increased over time.
 Storylines have been developed on various levels: Pan-European, regional and pilot area levels. The regions cover four different geopolitical settings, which will have an important effect on water availability and use of these regions in the future: Baltic, Mediterranean, Lower Danube, and Black Sea.
 There are 9 Pilot areas: Lake Peipsi (Estonia and Russia) and Narew (Poland) in the Baltic Region; Lower Don (Russia) and Crimea (Ukraine) in the Black Sea Region; Danube Delta (Romania) and Tisza (Hungary) represent the Lower Danube Region; Candeliaro (Italy), Guadiana (Spain) and Seyhan (Turkey) belong to the Mediterranean Region. The different levels interact and feed information to each other.
 The results of the scenario development on the Eastern Baltic regional level has been summurised in the broshure.