REVITALIZING MULTIFUNCTIONAL MEDITERRANEAN AGROSILVOPASTORAL SYSTEMS USING DYNAMIC AND PROFITABLE OPERATIONAL PRACTICES
Funding Entity: European Union. LIFE16 ENV/ES/000276.
Principal Investigator: Ignacio Santa-Regina Rodríguez.
Participants: Alvaro Peix Geldart, José Mariano Igual, Martha Helena Ramírez Bahena, Raquel Arroyo Palomares, José Luis Hernández Mulas, Angel Luis Iglesias Pascual, Cesáreo Pérez, Macario Jesús Sánchez Galán.
The LIFE Regenerate project focuses on demonstrating the feasibility of integrated management of dehesas based on silvopastoral systems. These important areas, which are under threat, can become self-sufficient and profitable based on the efficient use of resources and incorporating value-added products, both at demonstration and large scale.
According to current estimates these systems generate a deficit of 200 €/ha. Product prices are similar to those of 30 years ago, and landowners face losses of up to 500 €/ha due to Phytophthora-related diseases. Together with the decrease in subsidies, these agro-silvopastoral lands have lost up to 20% of their value, causing the abandonment of the rural environment and the loss of micro-economies typical of these areas.
This project will transform current production models into profitable systems that work with nature and not against it. This new method will have: lower input costs, alternative sources of income, recycled existing resources, increased natural regeneration, improved soil and increased agricultural productivity so that their land can be economically and environmentally sustainable.