The second year of the European program LIFE oLIVE-CLIMA entitled “Introduction of new olive crop management practices for climate change mitigation and adaptation” has successfully closed in Greece. Agrotypos is one of the main participants of this program, involved with training and dissemination. The completion of the oLIVE-CLIMA program will allow farmers across Greece and abroad –via newsletters and English subtitled videos– to adapt their cultivation practices in a way that allows them not only to mitigate greenhouse gases emissions, but also to become more resilient to climate change.
The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value.
The main aim of the oLIVE-CLIMA program implemented in Greece is the introduction of new cultivation practices for tree crops in order to find a cost-effective means of mitigating and adapting to climate change. The project focuses specifically on olive-producing areas, investigating the potential of these areas to increase carbon sequestration by soils, and to reduce greenhouse gases emissions. In other words, in this project, a mitigation approach (enhanced CO2 uptake and reduced CO2 emissions) and an adaptation measure (increased soil quality) are tackled at the same time.
For this purpose expert agronomists are in close cooperation with farmers to customize sustainable cultivation practices according to the local conditions. Moreover, the project partners produced three videos in order to demonstrate good agricultural practices in olive orchards for climate change mitigation and adaptation.