Platform meeting reunites Spanish agricultural LIFE+ projects in Madrid

06.06.2013 By: Transfer LBC

On the 6th of June 2013 a platform meeting (Jornada) took place in Madrid centralizing the LIFE+ projects with regard to Agriculture in Spain. Sven Kallen, represented Transfer LBC during a presentation on Crops for better Soil and Operation CO2. The meeting was held at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Superior Technical School for Agricultural Engineers (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos).

Under the banner of "Networking with Other Life Projects", many representatives of companies and organizations currently running LIFE+ projects came together for a platform meeting in Madrid to present their projects and the results that have been booked so far. For LIFE+ “Crops for better Soil” and “Operation CO2” Sven Kallen -assisted by Egbert Sonneveld, who is associated technician of the LIFE+ projects- gave a presentation on the progress made throughout these two projects, as can be seen in the picture below.

Other presentations were initiated by the Spanish Office for Climate Change and also by the General-Directorate of Rural Development and Forestry Policies of MAGRAMA (Dirección General de Desarrollo Rural y Política Forestal del MAGRAMA).

There was also room for some debating in the so-called “Mesa Redonda” or round-table discussions, where the organizations were given the opportunity to provide feedback, advice, pose questions and exchange valuable experiences and ideas. The discussions predominantly evolved around the following themes

- The battle against climate change: efforts to mitigate the devastating effects of these weather events, the impact of these measures in the face of national inventory and opportunities posed for Proyecto Clima.
- Common Agricultural Policy (CAP): the conditionality and “greening” and the “active” farmer, contribution to the “European Innovation Partnership”, the new innovation component of the first pillar of the CAP.
- The problems of irrigation and energy saving.
- Possibilities of the use of new technologies in agriculture (ICT, remote sensing, SIG etc.).
- And finally also some discussions on the limitations and barriers for the use of bio-fertilizers.