This week, the first Periodic Report of the RECARE project has been submitted to the online systems of the main funder of the project; the European Union.
Every 18 months, a scientific progress report and a management report need to be delivered to the Scientific Offficer of the project. The report is then reviewed by external specalists in the field, that are appointed by the European Commission. These reviewers issue an official Review Report, where they give their comment on the progress of the project and possibly also comment on the scientific quality of the work that has been delivered. They can ask for clarifications and possibly also update of Deliverables if they find this appropriate. The review report is expected in a number of weeks from now.
Project partner Artemi Cerda, of partner institute University of Valencia, is organising a big stakeholder event titled 'L'agricultura Actual' (Today's Agriculture).
The event will take place on June 20th and 21st 2015 in Valencia. The main purpose of the event is to make the general public and especially stakeholders from the area aware of the consequences of modern agricultural methods and techniques, and what implications these have for the land and culture in the Spanish setting.
The accompanying text in the event folder reads:
'Today's agriculture is at a crossroad that leads to modernization, industrialization and the denaturation of its production. However, there are entrepreneurs that want to bring agriculture and economic activity closer to the people, and wish to share their ideas with society. This meeting introduces the RECARE research project, and El Celler del Roure Teularet wants to show how users and farmers can build a new path towards a Modern agriculture without losing their traditional values.'
Watch the TV interview below that Prof. Artemi Cerda gave about the event [Spanish language]
The event folder can be downloaded HERE.
Soil is the foundation of our lives and of all ecosystem services, although it is so far little present in public consciousness. But it is a very important part of our nature: it enables food production, serves as an important water storage and water filter, converts and dissipates organic residues and makes pollutants harmless. Remarkably there are more organisms living in soils than on its surface! Today we take soil for granted, resulting in numerous negative consequences such as soil loss and soil destruction. 350-400 km² of arable soils are lost every day worldwide. Now it is necessary to protect soils sustainably as a resource and therefore for our existence. For that reason the United Nations proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Soils. The World Soil Day (5th of December) also offers an annually opportunity to point the way for the impor tance of soil as a resource and to campaign for soil protection.
This year the Innsbruck Nature Film Festival calls to send in films about soils. For the first time there is a separate category for films concerning soils which also has its own film award. The best film on the topic of soil will be awarded a prize worth 2.000 €.
Each film is an important contribution to raise awareness for soil. For more information see: http://www.inff.eu/competition/prizes/