LIFE SelPiBioLife: Innovative silvicultural treatments to enhance soil biodiversity in artificial black pine stands
SelpiBioLife is a project under the category Biodiversity (LIFE13 BIO/IT/000282), for innovative or demonstration projects that consider biodiversity issues within the LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity strand. The main goal of the project is to demonstrate the positive effects of an innovative silvicultural treatment on black pine forests. The specific innovative treatment applied in the stands improves growth rates and stands stability and enhance the level of biodiversity of the various soil components (flora, fungi, bacteria, mesofauna, nematods and microarthropods).
Development and demonstration of innovative technology to manage vineyard organic fertilization: the project aims to implement the VRT (Variable-rate technology) to upgrade the vineyard organic fertilization distribution systems, an innovation for the viticultural sector.
A novel approach for accounting & monitoring carbon sequestration of tree crops and their potential as carbon sink areas.
The project aims at demonstrating, by real datasets collected from a long-term experimental plots network, how different management approaches have actually favoured or constrained the overall and the different aspects of sustainability of coppice forests. Given the concurrent, substantial changes of the forest growth environment (e.g. increased concentration of greenhouse gases, rising temperature, reduced precipitation and increased seasonal variability) occurring since the last decades, the results will improve the knowledge basis for SFM in the in view of the forecasted changes in key environmental drivers and pressures.
The LIFE+ CarbOnFarm project represents an application of both demonstrative and innovative practices aimed to promote the sustainable Soil Organic Matter (SOM) managements in the agro-ecosystems. The objective is the restoration of SOM functions in agricultural soils, attained through the valorization of local recycled agricultural biomasses and with soil application of green chemistry products; these practices will be applied at farm scale reproducing the local regional farming systems. The project strategies approach the environmental problems related to the decrease of soil organic carbon content and to soil degradation, in agricultural areas of Mediterranean countries, which are among the chiefly target objectives advised by EU Soil Thematic Strategy.
The LIFE AgroClimaWater project’s main objective is to promote water efficiency and support the shift towards climate resilient agriculture in Mediterranean countries through the development of water management adaptation strategies in three Farmers’ Organizations (FORs) in two areas in Crete, Greece (Platanias and Mirabello) and one in Basilicata, Italy (Metapontino).