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Cyprus Institute secures €30m for climate-change programme

The Kourris reservoir during the drought of 2008

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) has secured €30 million in funding to investigate climate change in the EMME (Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East), it was announced on Friday.

The institute’s EMME-Care project was selected under the EU’s Horizon 2020 framework project for research and innovation.

The project budget is €15 million, and an additional €15 million in matching contribution from the Cyprus government brings the total budget to €30 million.
“EMME-Care will result in the creation of a new centre of excellence at CyI that will pursue research, educational and innovation actions in the fields of atmospheric sciences, air pollution and climate change,” the announcement said.

“The Mediterranean and the Middle East constitute an air pollution a major climate change hot spot. As a result, Cyprus is ideally situated to monitor and study these issues, as an island in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East and at the crossroads of long-range transported atmospheric pollution from three continents,” it added.

Furthermore, the institute said, Cyprus is ideally placed to address the problems due to its geopolitical location as an EU member with a business-friendly environment and good relations with countries of the Middle East.

“This is yet another clear confirmation that The Cyprus Institute has emerged as a European centre of excellence in research, education and innovation in the EMME region,” head of The Cyprus Institute, Costas N. Papanicolas commented.

According to a Cyprus Institute report on the EMME region a continual and gradual warming of temperatures is expected, with highest rates in the north of the EMME. The mean temperature rise will be about 1-3C in the next three decades, 3-5C by mid-century and 3.5-7C by the end of the century.

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