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Identifying Marginal Lands in Europe and strengthening their contribution potentialities in a CO2 sequestration strategy

Descrizione del progetto

Esaminare il potenziale di sostenibilità delle terre marginali

Le terre marginali hanno un valore agricolo o industriale scarso o nullo, ma gli esperti ritengono che tali terre potrebbero costituire pozzi di assorbimento del carbonio adeguati attraverso progetti di imboschimento/riforestazione. Il progetto MAIL, finanziato dall’UE, si propone di innescare l’uso delle terre marginali come pozzi di carbonio promuovendo attività legate alla silvicoltura e all’agricoltura. Il progetto intende rilevare e classificare le terre marginali montane e semi-montane al fine di fornire una piattaforma regionale basata sul web contenente dati, metodologie e applicazioni che possono rivelarsi preziosi per gli esperti e i responsabili politici. MAIL è un consorzio multidisciplinare che comprende sei partner esperti la cui collaborazione produrrà nuove competenze e conoscenze riguardanti la gestione sostenibile delle terre marginali.


Marginal Lands (MLs) could offer suitable carbon sinks by afforestation/reforestation projects without being competitive to food production, conforming to EU/Global policies. The main objective of MAIL is to trigger utilization of MLs as Carbon Sinks by activities related to forestry and agriculture. The project aims to detect and classify mountainous and semimountainous Marginal Lands (m/sm MLs), in order to deliver a web-based regional platform with data, methodology and applications which will be valuable for policy makers, stakeholders or researchers.
MAIL will assess MLs’ presence, distribution and suitability in smart and efficient way, considering that marginality differs within European bioclimatic zones. It will detect MLs through multiple layer analysis of existing EU/Global scale datasets (land cover, land use, soil or climatic information, etc.) and will further examine, validate and classify MLs, through field stratified sampling, into Carbon sequestration capacity categories.
In pilot areas MAIL will augment the achieved accuracy by using enhanced spatial and radiometric resolution of full free and open access satellite datasets. Furthermore, it will propose actions that have to be taken in order to increase Carbon sequestration capacity and it will evaluate their feasibility by using a set of criteria for accurate cost estimation. Finally, it will deliver developed methodologies, algorithms and techniques on a web-application platform for on-demand production of thematic maps within Europe.
MAIL consists by a multidisciplinary Consortium of 6 experienced partners, from 4 EU Member States, and gathers the expertise required for identifying, mapping and assessing MLs as a potential Carbon Sinks. The seconded staff will exchange individual skills, competencies, thoughts, innovations, or ideas and through collaboration will acquire new skills concerning MLs management and will become more flexible, productive and efficient.


Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 165 600,00

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Βόρεια Ελλάδα Κεντρική Μακεδονία Θεσσαλονίκη
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Costo totale
€ 165 600,00

Partecipanti (5)