15 January 2020

The LIFE Vida for Citrus project starts in Malaga

It is a project whose purpose is to work on the prevention of Citrus HLB through cultural practices and environmentally friendly activities

It has co-financing between the entities that are part of the team and the European Commission

Led by ASAJA Málaga, it brings together a total of 14 national and international entities

On July 4 and 5, the start-up meeting of the Life Vida for Citrus project took place in Malaga, which, with an execution period until 2023, is co-financed by the European Union and the entities that are part of the team. Its objective is to prevent the entry of citrus HLB into the EU through cultural practices and activities that respect the environment, search for resilient plant material, reduce the carbon footprint and the effects of climate change that may affect in the development of the disease in our farms. With a European scope, Life Vida For Citrus has the following participating partners:

1. ASAJA Málaga – Agricultural Association of Young Farmers of Málaga 2. AGRIMARBA 2 SL – Company producing Citrus of Valencia 3. ASAJA Nacional – Agricultural Association Young Farmers 4. AVA-ASAJA – Valencian Association of Farmers 5. Seville City Hall 6. CIRAD – Center for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development (France) 7. ICIA – Canary Islands Institute for Agricultural Research 8. IFAPA – Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training Institute of Andalusia 9. INRA – National Institute of Agronomic Research of France (Ministry) 10. IVIA – Valencian Institute of Agricultural Research 11. UALG – University of Algarve 12. UNICT – Università degli Studi di Catania (Italy) 13. VALENCIAGRO – Citrus producing company in Huelva and Portugal

On July 4, the program began with the review of the project and the Action Plan, in addition to specifying the responsibilities of each partner and exposing deadlines and rules.

On day 5, attendees have received notions about the application of financial issues and communication strategies to make the project and the knowledge that is acquired more visible.

Finally, the partners participating in the project have outlined the alignment of the team with the project mandate and the specific needs of interest identified and incorporated, ensuring the results of compliance with objectives.

Over the next three and a half years, the beneficiary partners will carry out the tasks defined in the project. All this without forgetting the issues related to its dissemination, the exchange of similar experiences and social participation.

What is a Life Program? The LIFE Program is the only financial instrument of the European Union dedicated exclusively to the environment. Its general objective for the period 2004-2020 is to contribute to sustainable development and to the achievement of the objectives and goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy and of the relevant strategies and plans of the Union in the field of environment and climate.


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