The project will devote itself to the future of olive plantation systems on sloping and mountainous land in southern Europe. These systems have been affected by emigration of local populations and fierce competition from low land plantations and from non-EU countries, and are currently neither productive nor sustainable. The project will undertake a thorough analysis of production, ecological and socio-economic aspects of actual production systems and of alternative future scenarios for these systems, with the ultimate aim of improving the quality of life of the rural population and the utilisation of natural resources in these areas. The project has six workpackages focusing on inventory, land and water resources, improved production systems, socio-economics and policies, scenarios and end-user recommendations. The research will concentrate on four research areas (one in each of the four main European olive producer countries).
|Place of Publication||[S.I]|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|