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INTRODUCING TOOLS FOR AGRICULTURAL DECISION-MAKING UNDER CLIMATE CHANGE CONDITIONS BY CONNECTING USERS AND TOOL-PROVIDERS

Objective

New policies must be adopted under climate change conditions to secure sustainability of agricultural crop production. Despite of the recognized relevance of the European-provided modelling tools for climate risk assessments, they have been not noticeable applied for supporting agricultural decision-making within Europe, neither worldwide. On the other hand, the European research funds concerning agricultural climate-change impact assessments have been addressed mainly to theoretical issues rather than to research-results applications; although climate change and particularly its linked climate variability could lead to significant damages and yield losses in the next decades. Researchers and farmer advisers from local agricultural-services can effectively realize which practical decisions should be taken for mitigating the possible climate risks on their local conditions. However, those local institutions are not usually connected to high-level researches neither to EU funding procedures and they need support before being able to use the European-provided modelling tools. According to the above, present Specific Support Action (SSA) is addressed to establish connections and feedback mechanisms between high level research centres of Europe; where modelling tools have been developed and tested ("developers"); with their potential users from local agricultural decision-making ("users"). It will be done through initial contacts, short courses and pilot primary assessments. The local researchers to be initially supported by the SSA should be those located in the EU and EU-associated countries where global-change and weather extreme-events could bring the most negative consequences. The SSA should establish a continuous acting information network, comprising several European "developers" and "users".

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-GLOBAL-2
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Funding Scheme

SSA - Specific Support Action

Coordinator

INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO AGRARIO DE CASTILLA Y LEON
Address
Ctra. Burgos, Km. 119
Valladolid
Spain

Participants (2)

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF METEOROLOGY AND HYDROLOGY ? BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Bulgaria
Address
Tzarigradsko Shose 66
Sofia
UNIVERSITY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES
Austria
Address
Gregor-mendel Str. 33
Vienna