Budget: € 4,063,805

Duration: September 2011 – September 2022

Description: The Main Goal of Desert-Adapt is to demonstrate innovative climate adaption strategies and technologies to improve land quality, soil conservation and plant support for private and public lands in Mediterranean areas under desertification risk.
1st main expected outcome of the project is “10 established Desertification Adaptation Models (DAM)”.
More specifically, results are:
1. Established Desertification Adaptation Model on 1000 hectares of land in Italy, Spain and Portugal,
2. Safeguarding and Improvement of Biodiversity and soil quality, including a 50% increase in soil functional biodiversity; at least 10% improved presence of indicator species, significant improvement in soil quality and reduction of soil loss and erosion.
3. Improved socioeconomic benefits, with at least 8 viable income sources selected; a 100 Euro per hectare (or 100%) farmer income increase; an employment increase to 0,1 FTE per hectare and an overall IRR improvement to at least 6%.
4. Climate Change Mitigation results include a net carbon removal of 1 ton CO2-e per hectare.
2nd main expected outcome is “successful replication and upscaling with maximized adoption of adaptation technologies”.
Results include:
1. Self-supporting company for collective purchase, sales, marketing and farmer-promotion:
2. Ten project partners trained as promoters, each successful in knowledge transfer to 10 more farmers (100 farmers and 10.000 hectares in total after the project).
3. At least 30 cooperation agreements signedwith commercial partners for products and eco-services and DAM products promoted at 4 trade fairs.

Area Europa’s Role: Marco Foschini, Giovanni Ferrari ed Eva Merloni si occupano della gestione amministrativa e finanziaria del progetto, rapporti con le autorità di programma e con il Monitor

Programme: LIFE EU

Areas: Environment and Cimate Change

Servizi: Proposal and Project management

Partners: The Department of Environmental, Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies (DiSTABIF) of the Università degli Studi della Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’, Sociedade Agrícola Vargas Madeira, Lda, Portugal Forestry Service Group BV, Netherlands Faculdade De Ciencias Da Universidade De Lisboa, Portugal Terrasig Lda, Portugal Universidad De Extremadura, Spain Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal FREGUESIA DE CABEÇA GORDA, Portugal REAM SRL, Italy Município de Serpa, Portugal Municipality of Lampedusa e Linosa, Italy CONSORZIO SICILIANO LEGALLINEFELICI, Italy Ayuntamiento de Hoyos, Spain SOCIEDADE AGRÍCOLA DA SOBREIRA, LDA, Portugal Ayuntamiento de Valverde del Fresno, Spain Associaçao de Defesa do Patrimonio de Mértola, Portugal Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy Viveros Forestalis La Dehesa SL, Spain Societa Agricola Franco Turco, Italy