SHOWCASE – Showcasing synergies between agriculture, biodiversity and ecosystem services to help farmers capitalizing on native biodiversity. SHOWCASE is a recently approved H2020 project in which I act as the main Portuguese coordinator. In SHOWCASE, leading scientists in the field of agro-ecology and socio-economy from twelve European countries join forces with farmer and citizen science networks, nature conservation NGO’s and science communication specialists to achieve a breakthrough in the integration of biodiversity into farming. The overall objective of SHOWCASE is to make biodiversity an integral part of European farming by identifying effective incentives to invest in biodiversity in diverse socio-ecological contexts, providing the evidence that these incentives result in biodiversity increases and biodiversity-based, socio-economic benefits, and communicating both the principles and best practices to as wide a range of stakeholders as possible.
In Portugal, both olive groves and vineyards will take part of a multi-actor network of Experimental Biodiversity Areas (EBAs) for the development, testing and showcasing, together with farmers, of approaches to effectively integrate biodiversity into farm management across different European landscapes. Namely, biocontrol services provided by birds and bats will be used as ecological and economic incentives for the conservation of biodiversity.
SUSTAINOLIVE – Novel approaches to promote the Sustainability of Olive cultivation in the Mediterranean. SUSTAINOLIVE is a recently approved H2020 project in which I take part as a research associate. The overall objective of SUSTAINOLIVE is to enhance the sustainability of the olive oil farming sector throughout the implementation and promotion of a set of innovative sustainable management solutions that are based on agro-ecological concepts, and on the exchange of knowledge and co-creation involving multiple actors and end-users.
TORUÑOS – Plan de gestión y conservación del control de plagas forestales por murciélagos en el Parque Metropolitano Marisma de los Toruños y Pinar de la Algaida (PMMTPA; Cádiz, Spain)”. This project, hosted by AGADEN and in which I am the scientific corrdinator, seeks to reinforce the local population of the Soprano pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) and, in turn, natural pest control services against the pine processionary (Thametopoea pitycampa) in the PMMTPA.