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Strategies for the adaptation of the agricultural sector to climate change: reflections from the AGUAGRADA project workshop.

Fecha: 15/03/2024

On March 12, 2024, at the Escuela de Capacitación y Experiencias Agrarias de Segovia, the AGUAGRADA project has organized a participatory workshop to discuss and select strategies for the adaptation of the agricultural sector to climate change, especially those that may have an impact on the demand for agricultural water in the Balisa Creek basin.

AGUAGRADA team members and workshop assistants

The workshop was attended by various key actors in the agricultural and water sector in Segovia, including agricultural associations, companies, environmental organizations, government representatives, as well as experts and technicians. The workshop was aimed at finding out which climate change adaptation strategies in agriculture are being implemented in the area, which ones are planned for the future, and what incentives or obstacles facilitate or impede the implementation of these adaptation measures.

Workshop assistants participating in the group discussion

The workshop started with the presentation of the AGUAGRADA project together with some previous studies in the region, and the starting data for the modeling of the Balisa Creek basin. This was followed by the identification of the type of farms present in the studied basin and the presentation of the different climate scenarios, according to current projections. Finally, together with those attending the event, possible adaptation strategies to climate change were identified and evaluated.

Several local media have covered this workshop, such as Castilla León Televisión and El Día de Segovia, with an interview to Maite Jiménez, PhD in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Environment and AGUAGRADA researcher, who described the main axes of the project.

Maite Jimenez during her interview in Castilla León Televisión

The AGUAGRADA project is supported by the Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, through the Call for grants to carry out projects that contribute to implementing the National Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change (2021-2030) and is being executed by researchers from the Center for Studies and Research for the Management of Agricultural and Environmental Risks (CEIGRAM) of the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

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