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LIFE – AgrOassis: Regenerative approaches for building climate change resilience in EU agricultural regions prone to desertification

LIFE AgrOassis launches Biodiversity Monitoring Activities

The LIFE-AgrOassis project is pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive biodiversity monitoring initiative as part of Work Package 7 (WP7). Following extensive fieldwork across the project’s agricultural fields, researchers are now meticulously sorting and analyzing soil invertebrate samples and identifying collected plant species. This critical phase, conducted at the Terrestrial Ecosystems Management Lab (TemLab) at the Open University of Cyprus, is a labor-intensive process expected to be completed over the coming weeks or potentially extend throughout the summer.

The primary goal of this monitoring effort is to compare biodiversity levels in agricultural fields with well-maintained hedgerows to those lacking these beneficial structures. The AgrOassis project promotes the use of hedgerows composed of local plant species as a key strategy to combat desertification and address climate change through improved land management.

The project will closely monitor the impact of its implementation actions and their potential for replication to ensure the effectiveness of the proposed management practices in combating desertification and aiding agricultural adaptation to climate change. Field visits started in Spring, marking the beginning of this monitoring process, which will continue until the project ends.

Through this comprehensive approach, the AgrOassis project goes beyond addressing immediate environmental concerns. It will contribute to long-term sustainability and resilience in agricultural practices. The valuable findings from this monitoring program will be instrumental in shaping future agricultural strategies and policies aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change and promoting biodiversity.