By: Volterra

Active participation in seminar 'Adaptation to climate change in the management of agrosilvopastoral systems in Spain and Portugal'

On the 29th and 30th of April, the cross-border seminar "Adaptation to climate change in the management of agrosilvopastoral systems in Spain and Portugal: dehesas y montados" was held in Lisbon, a conference that is part of the LIFE SHARA project (coordinated by Fundacion Biodiversidad) whose objective is to strengthen the governance of adaptation to climate change and increase resilience to it in Spain and Portugal.

Those attending the seminar, including Igancio Santa Regina (CSIC-IRNASA), addressed issues such as the most recent studies on the impacts of climate change on dehesas and associated ecosystems, including livestock, and the economic and social consequences that climate change has on these ecosystems. The policies and measures aimed at improving the adaptation to the climate change of pastures is another aspect that was analyzed in these days.

This seminar brought together 40 people in the Portuguese capital, including experts in adaptation and agriculture, researchers related to the management of agrosilvopastoral systems and other actors, both Spanish and Portuguese.

The objectives of the meeting were to reflect on the challenges of adapting to climate change, in particular with regard to the management of agrosilvopastoral systems between Spain and Portugal, and to present recent studies on the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and dehesas, which will help provide a joint analysis of the social and economic effects of climate change.

In addition, the seminar served as a forum for the exchange of opinions on strategies to increase the resilience to climate change in agrosilvopastoral systems, as well as to collect lessons learned from legislation on the subject and aspects related to financing. Another objective of these sessions was to propose synergies and measures aimed at improving the adaptation to climate change in these ecosystems.

 

The seminar also included a Field visit to Companhia das Lezírias involving the following activities:

Meeting at Catapereiro Winery

● Bus tour along the “Cabeço da Aranha” (biodiverse pastures, ecological corridors, grazing)

● Walking tour: regeneration in the “Carrasqueira” maritime pine forest (natural regeneration vs. plantation)

● Walking tour: regeneration of cork oak on “Arneiro Zebro” (regeneration and grazing, access to groundwater)

● Passing through the “Paul das Lavouras” (rice)

● Stop: umbrella pine adaptation to drought

It was also a perfect opportunity to distribute dissemination materials. 30 project flyers were distributed to the seminars participants.