LIFE AGROFORADAPT

CALENDAR:

START: October 2021
FINAL: September 2026

GOALS:

MAIN GOAL: PROMOTE AGROFORESTAL SYSTEMS AS A FORM OF ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE AGRICULTURAL AND FOREST SECTORS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION.

ESPECIFIC GOAL 1: EVALUATE AND DEMONSTRATE THAT MEDITERRANEAN AGROFORESTAL SYSTEMS PROMOTE RESILIENCE IN DRY AND FIREFIGHTERS WHILE PROVIDING MULTIPLE ECOSYSTEM SERVICES

ESPECIFIC GOAL 2: AUGMENTAR LA SUPERFÍCIE AGROFORESTAL INSTAL·LANT 164.5 HA DE CULTIUS SILVOARABLES I 511 DE CULTIUS SILVOPASTORALS.

ESPECIFIC GOAL 3: INCREASE INSTALLING AGROFOREST AREA 164.5 HA OF FORESTRY CROPS AND 511 OF FORESTRY CROPS.

ESPECIFIC GOAL 4:  PROMOTE THE ADOPTION OF THESE SYSTEMS IN LOCAL MANAGEMENT PLANS, POLICIES AND REGULATIONS AT LOCAL, REGIONAL, NATIONAL AND EUROPEAN SCALE

ESPECIFIC GOAL 5: AWARENESS OF THE INTEREST AND MULTIFUNCTIONALITY OF THESE SYSTEMS IN THE AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTRY SECTORS AND SOCIETY IN GENERAL.

ESPECIFIC GOAL 6: DEVELOP, AND APPLY ON A PILOT SCALE, PLANNING AND MARKETING TOOLS TO PROMOTE AGROFORESTERY.

BADGET:

TOTAL BADGET OF THE PROJECT: 3.024.537€ (244.137€ Fundació Emys)

FINANCERS:

  • COMISSIÓ EUROPEA

COLLABORATORS:

  • CTFC
  • AMB
  • DACA
  • DIPUTACIÓ BARCELONA
  • DIPUTACIÓ GIRONA
  • AGRESTA
  • AGROOF (França)

SUMMARY:

The LIFE AgroForAdapt project aims to assess and demonstrate that agroforestry systems can be a key tool for climate change adaptation in the agricultural and forestry sectors. Agroforestry systems are the combination of woody vegetation with agricultural or livestock systems to benefit from the resulting interactions. Specifically, the project focuses on two types of agroforestry systems: the combination of trees and shrubs with agricultural crops (silvoarables) and the combination of grazing on land with forest uses (silvopastoral).

These ecosystems are based on more efficient use of resources (electricity, water and soil nutrients) which increases farm productivity. In addition, it has been shown how these systems protect the soil, increase biodiversity and reduce the impacts of droughts and vulnerability to forest fires, making them much more resilient to climate change than conventional agriculture and forestry systems. To demonstrate this, work will be carried out on more than 40 farms (more than 800 hectares in total) in Catalonia, Castilla y León and Mediterranean France, implementing demonstration agroforestry systems, and will be monitored to study the various indicators. Monitoring includes output indicators, carbon footprint, biodiversity and vulnerability to forest fires and drought.

This project, which began last October, will last 5 years. The former will be dedicated to the design and implementation of demonstration systems, and later tools and publications will be generated with the aim of promoting the replicability of these systems and their visibility and adoption in the agricultural and forestry sectors.

This project, co-financed by the EU LIFE program, has a multidisciplinary and transnational approach, with 8 beneficiaries: Center for Forestry Science and Technology of Catalonia (coordinator), Agresta S. Coop, Agroof, Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Generalitat de Catalunya - Department of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda, Diputació de Barcelona, ​​Diputació de Girona and Fundació Emys. It also has the support of the Tarragona Provincial Council.

 

ACTIONS:

From Fundació Emys we coordinate the action A2 of characterization of plots and demonstration stands.

We also coordinate the E1 Communication action in the sub-actions of the Communication Plan, Corporate Image, Social Networking, Press, creation of dissemination and advertising materials and creation of billboards.

 

RESULTS (AT THE END OF THE PROJECT)

With the support and collaboration of: