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The Life+ Climagri project presented at the third workshop held as part of the AGROCLIMA ARAGÓN project

On the 24th of September 2015, the Life+ Climagri project was presented at the third workshop held as part of the AGROCLIMA ARAGÓN project, an initiative of the Directorate General for the Sustainability of the Department of Agriculture, the Cattle Industry and the Environment of the Government of Aragón, the competent entity on the subject of climate change for this autonomous region.

The purpose of the project is to establish a programme of action that will favour the process of information and awareness regarding the mitigation of GHG and the adaptation of Aragon's agro-food system to climate change. For the development of this programme of information and awareness in relation to climate change within Aragon's agro-food system, the Directorate General wanted the active, direct participation of the most important agents, with the greatest capacity for leadership in influencing the industry, to lead the initiative.

Three workshops have been held in this respect throughout the year 2015, the first of which, on the 11th of June, served to verify the interest in the project taking into account the recognition of the improvement opportunities the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change through innovation and cooperation offer for the agro-food industry. Said workshop identified the most relevant focal points (the efficiency of resources and processes, savings, financial improvement for farms and companies and new ways of working and cooperating) in addition to the areas of greatest interest: pig manure management, soil management, fertilisation, irrigation, vegetation health and insurance.

The second workshop, held on the 9th of July, assessed the general need to combine measures that contribute both to adaptation to and the mitigation of climate change, insisting on the need to establish cooperation mechanisms that allow innovation in the industry. It also considered communication as an essential factor in the process of adaptation and mitigation through the dissemination of good practices and the improvement of the industry's image.

Finally, the third workshop presented success stories of good practices in relation to adaptation to and the mitigation of the effects of climate change in the agro-food context, in addition to assessing the role that communication can play in the dissemination thereof. It was in this last workshop that the Best Management Practices being implemented in the demonstration farms included in the Life+ Climagri project's network were presented, justifying their role in the mitigation of and adaptation to Climate Change. Additionally, the results achieved with the Life+ Agricarbon project after 5 years running were presented as proof of the success of techniques such as direct seeding and precision agriculture on a demonstration level with a view to the mitigation of climate change. The proof is that thanks to the use of these two practices, the carbon sinking capacity of the soil has been increased by 30% on average compared to the use of practices based on tillage and CO2 emissions into the atmosphere have been reduced by 19%. This means that, over the course of four agricultural campaigns, the carbon footprint of 1.2 million citizens of the European Union has been offset.