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From 17 to 19 November a SUPROMED workshop was held in Tunis, Tunisia under the title “Socio-economic and environmental impact of SUPROMED project at regional level (demosites) and at Mediterranean scale under various scenarios of irrigation water availability due to climate change”.

The workshop was organized by SUPROMED Tunisian partners INRGREF and INGC, the project coordinator UCLM Spain and project partners SEMIDE (France) and DIFAF (Lebanon) participated in the event. During the event, partners presented the socioeconomic results of the project in the 3 countries (Spain, Lebanon, and Tunisia).  In addition, partners have presented extrapolated results of the project in other Mediterranean countries not involved in the project as Algeria and Morocco.  Also in order to increase  the knowledge transfer between Mediterranean countries an expert on socioeconomic analysis from IAV Morocco participated in the event and took part in the workshop discussions 

SUPROMED results at demosites level are summarized in the following factsheets : 

 

SUPROMED is providing a holistic crop-livestock water management system resilient to climate change. To this aim, SUPROMED is integrating a validated set of models and tools on an online platform to increase the production and income of farms through a reduction and more efficient use of water, and other inputs such as energy and fertilizerswhile decreasing the impact on the environment.

If You want to know more about the models integrated in SUPROMED platform, watch the videos below: 

  • WRF "MEDIUM-TERM AND SEASONAL WEATHER FORECAST" Georgios  Karoutsos,  3D s.a. General Aviation Applications, Greece
  • IREY "IRRIGATION REFERENCE TO ENHANCE YIELD " Anis Bouselmi - INGC, Tunisia 
  • PRESUD & DOPIR "PRESSURIZE SUBUNIT DESIGN & DESIGN OF PRESSURIZED IRRIGATION" José María Tarjuelo Martín-Benito -UCLM, Spain
 

  • MOPECO "MODEL FOR ECONOMIC OPTIMISATION OF IRRIGATION" Alfonso Domínguez Padilla- UCLM, Spain
  • Agroclimatic zoning, Nicolas R. Dalezios- UTH,GREECE

La Vanguardia is a Spanish daily newspaper, founded in 1881, it is one of Spain's oldest papers.  On 25 October 2022 the Vanguardia has published an article about SUPROMED project. 

Read here the article 

 

In this new video SUPROMED partners illustrated the results of the project in the 3 demo sites of the project and highlighted the impact of the project at the Mediterranean level. 

 

On 5, 6, and 7 September a common PRIMA projects conference was held in Albacete in Spain under the title: SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION IN AGROECOSYSTEMS WITH WATER SCARCITY (SUPWAS). The conference was organized by SUPROMED, MEDWATRICE, and PRECIMED projects and was hosted by the University of Castilla La Mancha- the Regional Centre of Water Research.

The conference gathered more than 200 persons from all over the world in Albacete and 100 participants online. The event represented a forum for meeting and reflection between farmers, technicians and researchers, within the process of demonstration and transfer of research results to the productive sector under the scenario of decreasing water availability and increasing energy costs. Thus, contributing to the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of water and energy use in agroecosystems located in arid and semi-arid areas to cope with climate change. The conference was organized around 5 topics:

 

  1. Climate Variability and Change: Impacts – Mitigation –Adaptation
  2. Water, energy, and nutrient management in irrigation. Techno-economic, social and environmental indicators
  3. Natural resources conservation.
  4. Advanced technologies and precision agriculture. Social acceptance.
  5. Land use planning.

  Also, a special session was dedicated to presenting the FAO-56 manual update by: R. Allen, L. Santos Pereira, P. Paredes, and R. Lopez-Urrea. https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/agricultural-water-management/special-issue/10ZP66J8B2P

 The Conference was held simultaneously face-to-face and online and simultaneous translation was used in English- Spanish by Zoom, and with subtitles in French, Italian, Portuguese… to achieve greater participation in the dissemination and transfer of research results.

All the conference presentations and papers are available here:

https://crea.uclm.es/crea/SUPWASConference/programa

 

 

 Dedicated to cereal growers, this application allows farmers to register for an online platform and thereby receive personalized notifications and recommendations concerning irrigation periods and the quantities required.

The first version of this application was launched by the INGC in 2015, where 100 farmers and technicians signed up from the first days after the launch. When registering, the farmer provides information regarding the location of his plots, the nature of the soil, the date of sowing, and the type of cereals.

The application is a decision support tool that calculates the water balance per plot and suggests a tailor-made irrigation schedule to the farmer. This calendar helps the farmer to optimize his productivity, reduce the costs associated with irrigation and, ultimately, improve his income. The INGC are counting on this application to reach 8 000 irrigated grain farmers.

The IREY application is part of  SUPROMED PLATFORM : https://dss.supromed.eu/portal/ 

 

 

The Conference aims to be a forum for meeting and reflection between farmers, technicians and researchers, within the process of demonstration and transfer of research results to the productive sector under the scenario of decreasing water availability and increasing energy costs. Thus, contributing to the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of water and energy use in agroecosystems located in arid and semi-arid areas to cope with climate change.

The Conference will be held simultaneously face-to-face and online on September 5, 6 and 7, 2022 in Albacete, Spain. Simultaneous translation will be used in English- Spanish by Zoom, and with subtitles in French, Italian, Portuguese… by Teams, to achieve greater participation in the dissemination and transfer of research results.

Venue: University of Castilla-La Mancha, Campus Universitario, General Services Building, Albacete, Spain.

◊ In order to encourage as many participants as possible to attend the Interregional Conference, no registration fee is required, but in order to attend face-to-face or online, registration is mandatory.◊

 Registration available here: https://crea.uclm.es/crea/SUPWASConference/inscripcion 

The full conference program is available here

For more information visit the event dedicated website: https://crea.uclm.es/crea/SUPWASConference 

 

9 engineers and technicians participated at the training on the use of the "FielClimate" application for monitoring weather data and soil moisture organized in the framework of SUPROMED project on 23 June 2022 in Tunisia. 
 The participants appreciated the usefulness of sensors and weather stations in irrigation scheduling based on real local data. They also expressed interest in increasing the number of plots equipped with moisture sensors and weather stations.

43 participants attended the workshop held in Gafsa Tunisia on 6-7 June 2022.  The participants were farmers, engineers, researchers and policymakers. 

Interesting discussions took place on the following topics :

  • Management of common resources under the open-access regime.
  • The state of groundwater in the regions of Sidi bouzid , Gafsa, and Kasserine
  • Good agricultural practices in the management of olive trees, almond trees and pistachio trees.
  • Presentation of the technological platform of the SUPROMED project.
    - Presentation of the MOPECO model with application on a concrete case.
    - Presentation of the IREY model with application.
    - Testimonies of users farmers 
    - General discussion on the usefulness of irrigation scheduling tools based on local weather data and rainfall forecasts.
    - Feedback and attitudes of farmers and technicians regarding the usefulness of the tools and willingness to pay for these services.

Given the critical state of the groundwater, which is largely overexploited in the 3 Governorates (Sidi Bouzid, Gafsa, Kasserine), two major suggestions emerged from the discussions:

- The first is the need (or even the obligation) to introduce fundamental changes in the production systems by gradually reducing the  highly water-intensive crops  (industrial tomatoes and lettuce, as is the case in Sidi Aïch-Gafsa) in favour of wheat and winter fodder crops for greater integration of livestock. But this change of allocation requires a real involvement of the decision-makers in order to considerably increase the prices of cereals (the depletion of the aquifers is largely due to the unequal ratio of prices, largely to the benefit of market gardening and fruit trees).
- The second is to better disseminate decision support model solutions and to increase the number of plots equipped with humidity sensors and weather stations.

 

 

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