On the 27th of July, the Rectory of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa hosted the Conference "Climate Change: what challenges for the Agroforestry sector in the coming years?"
Climate Change stand as a reality and a priority, given its present and future impacts on ecosystems, the economy and society.
Studies carried out indicate that Portugal and the Mediterranean region are among the European areas with the greatest exposure and vulnerability to the impacts of Climate Change.
The increase in temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, the increase in climate variability and irregularity, as well as the greater frequency, persistence and intensity of extreme events, lead to an increase in the potential risks and vulnerability of our agricultural production systems and forestry.
Given the evident and growing challenges facing our country, the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) challenged the National Competence Center for Climate Change in the Agroforestry Sector (CNCACSA), the National Institute of Agricultural Research and Veterinary (INIAV) and the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) to present a national project that cuts across different cultures and regions, which mobilizes the entire agro-forestry sector around Climate Change, called “Climate Action - Assessment, Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Agroforestry Sector”.
The project was presented at the Conference, during which a Protocol of Understanding was signed between all Scientific-Academic Entities, Farmers' and Forestry Producers' Organizations and the main Central Administration Bodies of the State, which agreed to combine efforts and participate in this mobilizing project, including the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.
Click here to watch the video of the conference (in Portuguese)