R&D PROJECT: AGRITECH
Sustainable Approaches to LAnd and water Management in MEditerranean Drylands.
Period of reference: 1 April 2022 – 28 February 2025
Funder: Prima – Section 1 Call 2021 – Water Management
Abinsula Role: Technology provider
Reference Personnel: Antonio Solinas, Francesco Martini, Alessio Merella
Land degradation and desertification (LDD) in the Mediterranean (MED) is becoming increasingly pronounced due to climate change and increasing pressures on agricultural and forest land. This has negative implications for the provision of ecosystem services, climate change mitigation, food security and the social, economic and political domains. The confluence of climatological, agronomic, social and economic factors inducing and resulting from LDD requires integrated holistic approaches. SALAM-MED builds upon an interdisciplinary network of research organisations, NGOs, SMEs and international organisations, with long-standing collaborative activities across the MED. The analytical framework informing the SALAM-MED research pathway is based on four pillars sustaining a systemic and transdisciplinary research practice:
SALAM-MED will identify, test and validate nature-based practical solutions to enhance the resilience of endangered MED dryland socio-ecological systems or to restore degraded ecosystems in arid and hyper-arid lands.
Abinsula, as technology provider, develops user-friendly DSS tools that will facilitate the participatory monitoring of the ecological processes and the context-sensitive decisions on the adoption of technologies by end-users. The Digital Platform will be used to communicate/disseminate information by establishing a system to classify SALAM-MED practical solutions from the point of view of technologies used, objectives achieved, socio-economic context, main criticalities faced by the solution, and possible future development.