‘Stories of Drought’- is a multidisciplinary project which combines both natural and social sciences (anthropology, sociology, landscape ecology, bioclimatology and geography). Its aim is to map and identify how Czech society reacts to the environmental changes which result from drought. On the basis of analysis, suitable tools are to be constructed in order to increase the number of ordinary citizens, landscape stakeholders and public policy makers involved in the process of creating a common policy against drought and its consequences.
Facilitation of communication between interested parties in the studied localities (citizens, entrepreneurs, farmers, public policymakers and representatives, scientists, environmentalists, etc.), education concerning the issue of drought in Czechia and in the studied localities, and the reinforcement of citizen motivation for a sustainable water policy.
The research and the applied parts of the project are mostly realised in the Kyjov region and localities around the Nové Mlýny Reservoirs Cascade. We conduct interviews concerning drought and the issues related to citizens and important stakeholders. We analyse media and archive materials related to the studied problem. A team of geographers map former and current changes in the landscape in regard to water.