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The future of olive plantation systems on sloping and mountainous land; scenarios for production and natural resource conservation

Objective

The project will devote itself to the future of olive plantation systems on sloping and mountainous land in southern Europe. These systems have been affected by emigration of its population and fierce competition from low land plantations and from non-EU countries, and nowadays are neither productive nor sustainable. The project will undertake a thorough analysis of production, ecological and socio-economic aspects of actual production systems and of alternative future scenarios for these systems, with the ultimate aim to improve the quality of life of the rural population and the utilisation of natural resources in these areas. The project has six workpackages focusing on inventory, land and water resources, improved production systems, economics and policies, scenarios and end-user recommendations. The research will be concentrated on two main research areas in southern Europe and on a few minor sites.

Coordinator

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

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6,Droevendaalsesteeg 3
6700 Aa Wageningen

Netherlands

Participants (5)

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CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

DIRECCION GENERAL DE INVESTIGACION, FORMACION AGRARIA Y PESQUERA - JUNTA DE ANDALUCIA

Spain

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA

Portugal

NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Greece

UNIVERSIT DEGLI STUDI DELLA BASILICATA

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK5-CT-2002-01841

  • Start date

    1 January 2003

  • End date

    30 April 2006

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 718 000

  • EU contribution

    € 1 500 000

Coordinated by:

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands