What is the Life LiveAdapt Project?
A team of international research of Spain, Portugal and France will look for the next four years the adaptation to climate change of models of production livestock in southern Europe.
The negative impacts that climate change is creating in the livestock industry impact largely Southern Europe causing animal stress due to high temperatures, consequent decrease of productivity and cost overruns by producers who must make greater efforts to maintain the quality of life of animals. The scarcity and poor quality of the water and the deterioration of pastures by heat waves and erosion of the soil which can be seen after the torrential rain further worsen this scenario. To deal with this situation that puts at risk the sustainability of ranching, the multidisciplinary team that integrates the project has as main objectives the implementation of a strategy based on technologies and innovative practices that will allow the adaptation of the sector to climate change. Innovations in the improvement of the collection and the use of water or use of ICT for the management of livestock is emerging as the lines of action to follow in this regard.
The identification of good practices in livestock production models covering energy efficiency, waste management, water and the improvement of biodiversity strengthen environmental sustainability in the long term. To make posible that change, LiveAdapt will train and advise those who work in livestock production so they adapt their farms. The Associação de Defesa do Património from Mértola and QUERCUS from Portugal; the Institut de l’Elevage from France; and Foundation EntreTantos, SMARTDEHESA SL, GESTIONA GLOBAL, Agronatura Servicios Forestales y Agrarios y FEDEHESA from España end completing the panel of the consortium partners. UCO, in addition to the coordination of LiveAdapt provides research staff from the Departments of Animal Production; Animal Health; Botany, Ecology and Plant Physiology and Forest Engineering of the UCO; FEDEHESA will be in charge of designing the communication plan of the project that will disclose selected practices between sector concerned and the general public.
The Project has a budget of just over two million euros, co-financed by the programme LIFE17 Climate Change Adaptation of the European Union, instrument that supports environmental conservation and climate action projects.