Agroforestry at the forefront of farming sustainability in multifunctional landscapes in Europe

Project: Agroforestry at the forefront of farming sustainability in multifunctional landscapes in Europe. Project Acronym: REFOREST Funding contract number: Project 101060635 — REFOREST Financing: HORIZON-CL6-2021-CLIMATE-01 (Land, ocean and water for climate action) Topic: HORIZON-CL6-2021-CLIMATE-01-08 Type of Action: HORIZON-RIA Beneficiary: CZECH UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES - PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC Duration of the project: 4 years Project value /if TrU is a partner, please note the amount that is for TrU/ - 149,875 EUROS Project value: 3,333,691 EUROS Project manager from Thrace University: Prof. Stefka Atanasova - AF Project team from Thrace University: Prof. Stefka Atanasova – AF Prof. Neli Grozeva – AF Prof. Tsenka Zhelyazkova – AF Prof. Maria Gerdzhikova - AF Prof. Nedelin Markov – SF Ch. assistant Petya Veleva – AF Ch. Assistant Professor Dora Doncheva – SF General Assistant Georgi Alexiev – SF As. Svetoslava Terzieva - AF The project is implemented in partnership between: Czech University of Life Sciences – CZ Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association - ES Inagro - BE University of Copenhagen – DK University of Reading – UK Organic Research Center – UK Polish Agroforestry Association - PL Bonn University – DE Trakia University – BG Europroject - BG Philipps-Universität Marburg – DE University of Sopron – HU Dutch International Business Development Cooperative - NL German Agroforestry Association – DE Brief description of the project: The main mission of the project is to promote innovation, knowledge exchange and provide new solutions to farmers in Europe and associated countries in the field of agroforestry. Agroforestry is a type of land use that integrates trees and shrubs into agricultural production. It allows farmers to continue to produce plant and animal products, while significantly improving the environmental sustainability of the farm. Tree species as a component of agroforestry systems, in addition to products (wood, building material, fruits, etc.) also provide many ecological benefits - maintenance of soil fertility, erosion control, creation of a specific microclimate, protective action against various adverse environmental factors (air and soil pollution), storing carbon and reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, delineating the territorial and settlement structure, etc. The most critical obstacles to the uptake of agroforestry in Europe relate to a lack of knowledge about the impact of tree planting on agribusiness and unclear political support. The aim of the project is to investigate the productivity, socio-economic and ecological viability and sustainability of different agroforestry systems. "Living agroforestry laboratories" built on the foundations laid by previous projects will be analysed. A platform will be created to engage stakeholders and participants in knowledge transfer, learning and innovation. This project will help to improve awareness of agroforestry and the integration of ecosystem services and biodiversity financing into agricultural business models. Another aspect of the project is to propose targeted policy interventions as solutions to overcome barriers to agroforestry expansion.