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Replicability of VISCA: Wine-grapes, Olives & Cereals – Challenges, Requirements and Funding

One of the objectives of VISCA project is to evaluate the replicability potential in the wine sector in different countries globally as well as to evaluate the replicability of the tool in other crops such as (olive oil, cereals, etc.). This evaluation involves exploring EU funding mechanisms for further deployment. During VISCA 2nd Stakeholders’ Workshop, end-users and members from the Project Advisory Board participated at a session to gather inputs on the challenges, requirements and funding for the replicability of VISCA which are summarised below.

Climate change: Challenges facing the Agriculture sector

Climate change is threatening different varieties of agriculture species such as wine-grapes, olives and cereals which might cause a significant reduction in crop quantity and quality. Some of the impacts of climate change include the following:  

  • Drought and heat waves - in southern regions of the Mediterranean basin– more frequent drought periods together with higher temperatures, especially during the summer, have resulted in water scarcity and, consequently, less water is available for irrigation.
  • Frost - In northern and southern Europe, e.g. Germany, the Netherlands and Italy, agricultural productivity has been facing longer frost periods than usual which damage the crops.
  • Wildfires - Warmer and drier conditions are expected throughout Europe in the coming decades which will probably exacerbate wildfires. According to the Emergency Management Service of the EU agency Copernicus as of March 1, there have been 480 wildfires in 2019 across Europe.[1]
  • Extreme events - High intensity rainfall and/or hail, among other extreme events, have been extended and become more severe in Europe and beyond. The rate of these events is expected to increase due to climate change.[2]

The main challenges of the wine-grapes, olive and cereals sectors in the context of climate change were identified as the following:

  • To keep the quality and production of crops
  • To deal with extreme events and variations in climate conditions
  • To manage the irrigation efficiently according to existent resources and weather conditions
  • To prevent or minimize crop diseases and pests especially with their increasing rate due to climate change
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42nd World Congress of Vine and Wine

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  • Location: Geneva , Swtizerland
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Preservation and innovation: expectations at the environmental, economic and social level. The next OIV Congress will address issues concerning sustainability through the following theme: ‘Preservation and innovation: expectations at the environmental, economic and social level’. Scientific papers must be submitted via the Congress’ online submission platform. For more information, check the official website.

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21st GiESCO International Meeting

Event Details:

  • Date: 23-28 June 2019
  • Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
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The Meeting will cover the main fields in viticultural research and innovation focusing on vine ecophysiology, vineyard management, grape and wine quality, and sustainable production. A professional day will also be included, with the aim to summon attendees from the private sector and strengthen the exchange of knowledge and information between researchers and end-users.

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IX International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops

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  • Date: 17-20 June 2019
  • Location: Matera, Italy
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IX International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops will be hosted in Matera, Italy. Contributions are expected to cover a wide range of research fields including: Sustainable approaches to irrigation management, DSS (Decision Support Systems), Plant water status and fruit quality, Irrigation management under arid and semi-arid conditions, Water use efficiency and Social and economic aspects

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4th European Climate Change Adaptation conference

Event Details:

  • Date: 28-31 May 2019
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
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ECCA’s primary objective is to bring leading academics and practitioners together to identify and disseminate adaptation solutions, and explore methods to reduce the risks and impacts of disasters caused by extreme weather events. 

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11th Alentejo Vine and Wine Symposium

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  • Date: 15-17 May 2019
  • Location: Évora, Portugal
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The International Alentejo Vine and Wine Symposium is held every three years in Évora - Portugal. It is organized by various state and private institutions linked to research, viticulture and winemaking.

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VISCA concludes its 2nd General Meeting & Stakeholders’ Workshop

Organised by Mastroberardino and the University of Naples (Department of Agricultural Sciences), VISCA project - which is developing climate services to make the wine industry resilient to climate change - held its 2nd General meeting on 10th-11th December 2018 followed by the 2nd Stakeholders Workshop on 12th December 2018 in the premises of Mastroberardino and the Department of Agriculture – Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II who are part of our consortium.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730253.