Regenerative approaches for building climate change resilience into EU agricultural regions prone to desertification

Reference: LIFE21-CCA-CY-LIFE-AgrOassis/101074744 | Acronym: LIFE21-CCA-CY-LIFE AgrOassis

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

The primary objective of AgrOassis is to assist climatic change adaptation in the agricultural sector of the EU’s two most south-easterly countries, Cyprus and Greece and beyond. For reaching the objectives of the EU legislation and policy on climate action AgrOassis will develop, demonstrate and promote innovative techniques, methods and approaches, best practices as well as close to market solutions on areas which are currently exposed to desertification because of climate, inappropriate land use and wildfire and which are expected to become even more vulnerable under climatic change. It will also markedly contribute towards climate change mitigation, promoting carbon farming and biodiversity restoration. The latter by promoting effective afforestation in degraded field margins and by aiding pollination processes, in regions of poor soil quality and very low natural vegetation cover. AgrOassis will regenerate ecosystem services within degraded agroecosystems, but also seeks to identify and remove obstacles related to inappropriate governance and policies, that obstruct the implementation of the EU’s Green Deal Agenda and the aim to reach climate neutrality by 2050. Preparatory work for AgrOassis has identified Cyprus as a hotspot of unsustainable soil management practices connected to widely applied tillage. This appears as an indirect side-effect of governmental policies aiming to enforce CAP EU legislation as well as a direct result of inappropriate counselling towards farmers and inadequate training on how to combat desertification. AgrOassis also attempts to mobilize the private sector by utilizing available unexploited resources to promote the circular economy in the agro-sector of Cyprus. At the same time, it will mobilize private investment towards close-to-market solutions on green waste sustainability and sustainable soil management in line with the EUs Farm to Fork Strategy.


ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


Reference: LIFE21-CCA-CY-LIFE-AgrOassis/101074744
Acronym: LIFE21-CCA-CY-LIFE AgrOassis
Start Date: 01/10/2022
End Date: 31/12/2026
Total Eligible Budget: 2,326,710 €
EU Contribution: 1,394,355 €
Project Location:

CONTACT DETAILS


Coordinating Beneficiary: MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT OF CYPRUS
Legal Status: PUBLIC
Address: Athalassa, 1417, NICOSIA, Cyprus
Contact Person: Panagiotis DALIAS
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BENEFICIARIES

Name Type
PARADEISIOTIS LIMITED Participant
ANOIKTO PANEPISTIMIO KYPROU (OPEN UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS) Participant
IDRYMA LAONA GIA TIN ANAVIOSI KAI PROSTASIA TIS KYPRIAKIS YPAITHROU LIMITED Participant
ENOSI KYPRION AGROTON (EKA) Participant
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT OF CYPRUS Coordinator
KES RESEARCH CENTRE LIMITED Participant
PANEPISTIMIO THESSALIAS Participant
MEDITERRANEAN AGRONOMIC INSTITUTE OF CHANIA Participant
TOPIKOS ORGANISMOS EGGEION VELTIOSEON TAVROPOU KARDITSAS Participant
DIMOTIKOS ORGANISMOS KOINONIKOPOLITISTIKIS ANAPTYXIS SITEIAS Participant