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Med-Gold Project to Host Workshops for Olive Sector

Nov. 15, 2021
Paolo DeAndreis

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Two vir­tual work­shops will be held at the end of the year to present the Med-Gold dash­board to inter­ested par­ties in the olive sec­tor.

The four-year project, which is funded by the European Union and coor­di­nated by the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), aims to pro­vide olive, grape and wheat grow­ers with infor­ma­tion to help them develop short, inter­me­di­ate and long-term strate­gies to com­bat cli­mate change, dis­eases and pests.

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The dash­board pro­vides users access to unri­valed cli­mate infor­ma­tion at a range of timescales and for bio­cli­matic indi­ca­tors devel­oped pur­posely for the olive and olive oil sec­tor,” the work­shop pro­mot­ers said.

While lots of data about the weather or sea­sonal cli­mate are already avail­able, Med-Gold puts together infor­ma­tion from mul­ti­ple sources focus­ing on short, medium and long peri­ods,” Luigi Ponti, an agron­o­mist and one of the researchers involved in the project, told Olive Oil Times in a February 2021 inter­view.

This offers a much clearer view of what is hap­pen­ing in terms of cli­mate change or spread­ing of pests such as the olive fruit fly,” he added.

The platform’s core func­tion is to trans­form the enor­mous quan­ti­ties of raw cli­matic data into tools that can be used to sup­port impor­tant deci­sion-mak­ing strate­gies.

The top­ics that will be cov­ered at the work­shop include:

  • A demon­stra­tion of the dash­board for the olive and olive oil sec­tor;
  • An assess­ment of the poten­tial uses of the dash­board in the sec­tor;
  • An overview of the con­di­tions nec­es­sary for upscal­ing the dash­board to other orga­ni­za­tions.

In this work­shop, we will show­case the dash­board and dis­cuss the poten­tial usabil­ity of the tool in the olive and olive oil sec­tor,” the event’s orga­niz­ers wrote. We will also explore the con­di­tions required to upscale and use this tool in other orga­ni­za­tions such as yours. Due to its par­tic­i­pa­tory nature, this work­shop is aimed at indi­vid­u­als work­ing in the grape and wine sec­tor that cur­rently use cli­mate infor­ma­tion in their activ­i­ties and busi­ness.”

The work­shops will be held on December 9 in Spanish and January 17 in English. Participation is free but the num­ber of places is lim­ited, the orga­niz­ers noted.


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