NewLife4Drylands project aims to contrast the soil degradation leading to desertification, by using Nature-Based Solutions (NBS). NewLife4Drylands aims to provide a framework and a protocol for identifying sustainable solutions that could be successfully implemented in degraded drylands e.g. restoration land activities aiming to improve vegetation cover and productivity in those areas where desertification processes are undergoing (vulnerable areas). In addition, the project will develop specific techniques to monitor failures and successes of restoration activities.
This project has its focus on developing a protocol for the identification of dryland characteristics and for a mid and long-term monitoring of restoration interventions of desertified lands through the use of remote sensing techniques. Remote Sensing (RS) can complement the lack of long term, reliable and homogeneous in situ information, usually rather timely and cost expensive. The protocol is based on high resolution Earth Observation (EO) data and applying remote sensing methodologies. Moreover, it provides a clear, specific and costless assessment of the restoration process useful for further decision-making in interventions.
A restoration protocol based on Nature-Based Solutions.
A mid- and long-term monitoring model based on Remote Sensing.
A monitoring report on 4 restored areas in Spain, Italy and Greece.
A Restoration Plan to implement Nature-Based Solutions for Asterousia Mts, Greece and Alta Murgia, Italy.
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The LIFE20 PRE/IT/000007 project is funded at a percentage of 60% from the LIFE financial instrument “LIFE Preparatory project – Programme for the Environment and Climate Action” of the European Commission.
The GREEN FUND co-finances the NewLife4Drylands project for 2021, 2022 and 2023 through financing the University of Crete – Natural History Museum of Crete and the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature partners with the total amount of €52,000.00.