REFOREST is a Horizon Europe project funded under EU’s Land, ocean, and water for climate action from 2022 to 2026. REFOREST aims to promote agroforestry as a land use type allowing food production while maintaining ecological sustainability.
The principles underlying REFOREST are those of innovation, knowledge exchange and creating novel solutions to empower farmers in Europe and associated countries to deliver on multiple objectives: food production, carbon capture, and biodiversity development. REFOREST has the fundamental aim to use existing knowledge of temperate agroforestry systems to co-create solutions to key barriers that hinder wider adoption of this land use type by farmers in the EU and associated countries. The strategic objective is to enhance agroforestry and the sustainability of food production by internalising the value of carbon and biodiversity in farming business models. The project will use an open science approach to represent the real-world ecological, economic and social potential and limitations of agroforestry within decision-making, verification, and financial support tools.
The project is defined in 8 work packages. Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association leads WP5 on Finance and policy, and also is in charge of the co-creation and capitalisation strategy and actions of the project under WP1. EMEA ais to develop the financing mechanisms that enable economic sustainability of agroforestry business models and define the policy recommendations that allow their implementation at EU level. The capitalisation strategy developed by EMEA will allow as well to analyse the wider impact of the project in other regions with climate actions on agroforestry.
The partnership is composed by 14 partners from 10 European countries:
- Ceska Zemedelska Univerzita V Praze (Czu)
- Euro Mediterranean Economist Association (Emea)
- Provinciaal Extern Verzelfstandigd Agentschap In Privaatrechtelijke Vorm Vzw (Inagro)
- Kobenhavns Universitet (Ucph)
- Ogolnopolskie Stowarzyszenie Agrolesnictwa (Osa)
- Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn (Ubo)
- Trakiyski Universitet (Trakia Uni)
- Europroject Ood (Ep)
- Philipps Universitaet Marburg (Umr)
- Soproni Egyetem (Soe)
- Deutscher Fachverband Fur Agroforstwirtschaft (Defaf) Ev (Defaf)
- Farmtree Bv (Farmtree)
- The University Of Reading (Uread)
- Organic Research Center (Orc)
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