With the incorporation of new farmers to this Network, the Murcian project of climate resilience in dryland lands manages to materialize the promotion of a basic tool in climate change adaptation in Mediterranean areas
The University of Murcia leads the European LIFE AMDRYC4 project that aims to value dryland land, analyzing the capacity of its crops as potential carbon sinks, while studying how the regeneration of these same soils occurs.
In addition, it also aims to promote rural development and fix population to the territory through the creation of stable employment.
To make the practical checks of the results, the project has four experimental lands distributed between El Moralejo (Caravaca de la Cruz), Xiquena and Nogalte (Lorca) and Corvera (Murcia).
With the objective of transferring the results obtained in the experimental farms to other agricultural areas of the Region and that, both the improvement in the fertility of these lands and the creation of stable employment are a reality, two of the project partners - the Coordinator of Farmers and Livestock Organizations Rural Initiative of Murcia (COAG) and the New Culture for Climate Association (NCC) - have created the Association for Agricultural Custody for Climate (ACAC).
Since its launch, it has already achieved the accession of some thirty farms and it is expected to add two hundred more, until the end of the LIFE AMDRYC4 project in 2021.
In its Statutes, ACAC declares that the Custody of the Territory is a fundamental tool in "taking urgent measures to prevent the disappearance of ecosystems, crops, flora and fauna, threatened by desertification and climate change."
In turn, he defends that "close collaboration is essential between the Administration, Non-Governmental Organizations, landowners and holders of other rights, in order to carry out this work of outstanding importance for the territory."
Since last year, the association has held more than thirty meetings and informative talks with farmers located throughout the Region.
The last one took place on November 26 in Yecla.
Different advisory actions and follow-up of Good Agricultural Practices have also been implemented, supported by the network of environmental prescribers distributed by the different territorial offices.
Source: Universidad de Murcia