LIFE Regenerate (LIFE16 ENV/ES/000276)

This project is carried out with the contribution of the European Union’s LIFE financial instrument.

The LIFE Program is the main financial instrument of the European Commission for the support of environmental and nature conservation projects.

The Quercus-based silvopastoral systems of the Mediterranean basin biome (for example dehesas, montados and meriagos that cover up to 6 mln ha in the EU) are in rapid decline. Estimates show that dehesas currently produce a deficit of 200€/ha. Prices for their products are similar to those 30 years ago, and land owners face losses of up to 500€/ha due to phytophtora-related diseases. It is estimated that these agro silvopastoral lands have lost up to 20% of their value and currently lose millions of euros in productivity each year.

Simultaneously, agro-subsidies are steadily decreasing. In 2015, farmers in Andalucía reported up to 60% of cutbacks in CAP subsidies. Regional subsidies in this area now only cover about 8% of landowners. In Sardinia, rural abandonment has caused an increasing of the number of rented and leased farms and the loss of local typical micro-economies.

Many anthropogenic and environmental factors challenge the survival and sustainability of these valuable ecosystems. The younger generation inheriting these broken systems needs to transform current production models into cost-efficient operations that work with nature, not against it. They will have to lower input costs, find alternative sources of income, recycle resources, stimulate natural regeneration, improve soil and increase farm productivity so that their land can become economically and environmentally sustainable.

Here you can read the official form of the project "Regenerate" (LIFE16 ENV/ES/276) found on the europa.eu webpage.

Project Goals

Land, Livestock and Biomass waste management for healthy agrosilvopastoral systems

Build resilience against climate change
Decrease risk of wildfires
Increase biodiversity and natural regeneration
Improving degraded and eroded soils

"By applying the innovative Keyline water management design, water stress will decrease significantly, strengthing the system overall and making it less vulnerable to extreme climatic and weather conditions. "

Build resilience against climate change

"Well managed, holistic and rotational grazing can effectively clear organic material that would otherwise be at risk of catching fire"

Decrease risk of wildfires

"Biological control of pests combined with the planting of native and medicinal plant species and natural fertilization from the livestock rotation will result in increased floral and faunal biodiversity"

Increase biodiversity and natural regeneration

"By applying holistic and rotational grazing, eliminating agro-cehmical use, and innoculating the soil with beneficial funghi, the soil´s biological properties and quality will improve, contributing to a balanced and healthy ecosystem."

Improving degraded and eroded soils