Technical visit to agroforestry fields in Montpellier

10.09.2013 By: Transfer LBC

During the first week of September the teams of Transfer LBC and Beral visited agroforestry fields in Montpellier and Marussan, Béziers (Mr Feracci), both in the South of France, to share experiences in the agroforestry sector and seek new methods to implement in the project Life+ Operation CO2 in Spain.

The visit took place at the experimental farm of Restinclieres in Montpellier, in an area of approximately 200 ha., where the project Adaptation of Plurispecific systems to Climate Change (APICC) is developed. The project has started in 1992 and aims to help the European agriculture adapt to projected climate change. The Plurispecific systems include mixtures of herbaceous species (intercropping), intercalating crops and trees (agroforestry), as well trees and shrubs (mixed forest). The current results demonstrate that these systems are more resilient to disturbances than monospecific systems.

Sven Kallen and Kathy Franco, representatives of Transfer LBC and Pedro Alonso and Egbert Sonneveld, representatives of Beral were guided by Dr. Christian Dupraz, Research Director in agroecology at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA in French).  Dr. Dupraz is also the President of The European Agroforestry Federation (EURAF) and is one of those responsible for the APICC project.

The purpose of the visit was to gain knowledge and share experiences, based on the current results of the APICC project, so they eventually can be applied into the Operation CO2 project. The visitors were able to see the positive impact that agroforestry has provided to the area over these twenty years of experience.