Successful visit of students from MSc- Sustainability to the Alinyà area

20.11.2015 By: FCLP

On October 9, 2015, 50 students and 4 teachers made educational visits to the project area located in Muntanya d'Alinyà. This field trip was the busiest of all so far in the project LIFE Operation CO2. In fact, all the accommodation available in and around Alinyà was occupied with consequent benefits for local businesses.

Following the usual program, the plantation areas of l'Aiguaneix and Planassa were visited with the group, and concepts such as the Red Natura 2000 and the LIFE + projects, as the primary source of funding to develop conservation projects and management of natural ecosystems in Europe, the Kyoto Protocol and the voluntary market for carbon credits were introduced.

The students came from 16 different countries, namely Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Chile, Germany, Greece, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, USA, and Gambia. During the day, the topics mentioned above led to new concepts, which were unknown to the non-European part of the group.

During the visit there was a lot of interaction, questions and doubts about the methods of calculation and modeling of carbon, on the cutting technique used for the apple, the operation of the waterboxx and on the properties of aromatic plants used.

After the visit, two students from Peru and Colombia have offered to make their Final Master Work on aromatic planting, the rate of carbon fixation for each species on field, as well as the procedure to apply for inclusion within the standards of Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) system.



Photo 1: Xavier FCLP Escuté explains to the group the operation of Waterboxx to increase the survival of planted trees and shrubs. Photo courtesy of Mari Carmen Romera.

Photo 2: The student group posing on the planting area of ​​aromatic spices

Photo 3: The group watching closely the densification zone with fine hardwoods and themycorrhizal oaks truffle in Aiguaneix

Photo 4: Xavier Escuté clarifying details with some of the most interested students. Photo courtesy of Mari Carmen Romera.