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The Interreg-ADRION ECOVINEGOALS project: Supporting the agroecological transition of viticulture in the Adriatic-Ionian region

ECOVINEGOALS promotes sustainability and resilience in the winemaking industry by encouraging the transition of intensive viticulture towards agroecological management systems that protect natural habitats and landscapes, reduce chemical and fossil fuel inputs and minimize harmful emissions. The project also aims to enhance stakeholder skills in participatory local governance, to strengthen transnational cooperation and provide specific transnational instruments to promote, support and manage the agroecological transition. Together, the project actions will address environmental vulnerability, promote the provision of ecosystem services, act to prevent social conflicts in land use and mitigate climate change.

Currently the project consortium is working with local viticulture stakeholders in each of the eight project pilot areas (1 in Croatia, 2 in Greece, 2 in Italy, 1 in Montenegro, 1 in Serbia, and 1 in Slovenia) to implement a participatory process that will result in the formulatio  of multi-actor action plans specific to each area to encourage the widest possible participation and support in agroecological initiatives in viticulture and the sustainable development of each rural area. A series of three workshops is being held in each pilot area in which viticulturalists, agricultural advisors, representatives of local agricultural research institutes and organic agriculture certification bodies, local development agencies, local authorities, the ministry of agriculture and associated commercial and tourism bodies, work together to identify key problems, envision an idealised scenario for the future development of agroecology-based viticulture in the area and how this cultivation could benefit related sectors with initiatives in Wine- and Gastrotourism, the creation of additional employment opportunities and greater access to safe natural areas for local inhabitants. The final stage of the procedure entails the production of local action plans that defines, plans and costs the key actions to be implemented in each area to activate the transition process.

In the context of AgroSilver Value project the Department of Sustainable Agriculture, CIHEAM_MAICh has produced a video describing the agroecolgical viticulture practices employed by the ECOVINEGOALS stakeholder NOSTOS (Manousakis family) winery at Vatolakkos, Chania, Greece.

African Arguments: “Time to change course: The future is in agroecology”

“Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa acknowledges the need for a mix of approaches from agroecology to the latest crop and soil science”, but agroecology is the latest science”. Here you can read the article.

https://africanarguments.org/2021/10/time-to-change-course-the-future-is-in-agroecology/

EcologyKM – interview Vasilka Sabeva (organic entrepreneurship)

EcologyKM: “Our team comments on the many educational AgroSilver Value case videos that are being created in Bulgaria. Soon these will be publically available via a dedicated educational eco agri video platform. We focussed on the complete production cycle: the farms where the products are grown, harvested and packaged, the entrepreunership of the eco / organic farms owners, and the consumption in restaurants/hotels as a result of their diversification strategies”.

EcologyKM – interview Karel Van Isacker (organic entrepreneurship)

Our team comments on the many educational AgroSilver Value case videos that are being created in Bulgaria. Soon these will be publically available via a dedicated educational eco agri video platform. We focussed on the complete production cycle: the farms where the products are grown, harvested and packaged, the entrepreunership of the eco / organic farms owners, and the consumption in restaurants/hotels as a result of their diversification strategies.

Rural Gozo shall contribute towards Agrosilver by coordinating 5 pilot projects in 5 countries

The Rural Gozo Directorate within the Ministry for Gozo is participating in a Erasmus+ project entitled AgroSilver together with partners hailing from Estonia, France, Spain, Bulgaria and Greece. The project’s main objective is to improve the training being offered in the area of agroecology through the production of learning materials and videos. These are aimed at providing VET teachers and service providers with the necessary tools to encourage farmers to ameliorate their skill base and attain higher levels of education. Another objective of AgroSilver is  to preserve traditional methods of farming that are prevalent in the participating countries thereby preserve these  traditional practises for future generations.

Rural Gozo shall contribute towards the above objectives by coordinating 5 pilot projects that shall be held in  5 different countries through which the course content shall be validated through a series of workshops . One of these workshops shall be held in Gozo whereby 20 VET practitioners and farmers will be invited to validate the course contents and other materials produced by the project consortium. The Directorate is currently producing several educational videos, promoting the sustainable farming practises in Gozo. These are being produced in collaboration with the Lead Partner and once edited can be accessible through the project’s portal accessible on https://agrosilver.eu/

MAICh has prepared 19 video interviews totalling more than 300 minutes with experienced farmers and experts in agroecology

The Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh), the Greek Agrosilver Value partner has prepared to date 19 video interviews totalling more than 300 minutes with experienced farmers and experts in agroecology. The subjects of the videos range from ecology, biodiversity, soil quality, nutrition, waste management, and agrotourism to rural sociology and extension. Furthermore, in the context of Agrosilver Value the first year (2020-2021) Sustainable Agriculture (SA) MSc students each prepared a video interview presenting an interesting case study in agroecology from their home country (Algeria, Egypt, Greece, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia), as part of their course requirements. Among the topics covered were biological waste management, the circular bioeconomy, and pest management. This produced such interesting videos and proved so popular with the students and staff, that henceforward it will be incorporated into the MSc program, and thus constitute a constant source of new material from the EU and the wider Mediterranean area.
In the context of the project MAICh also presents a webinar by Dr Vassilis Gkisakis, member of Agroecology Europe and former SA MSc program graduate, that provides an excellent introduction to agroecology. You can see it here