The general objective of the project is to test innovative fog collectors and innovative ways of reforestation in degraded areas and prove their effectiveness, costs and benefits.
Deforestation and desertification are two of the principal causes of biodiversity loss and soil degradation. These phenomenons are mostly caused by climate change and human activity. Deforestation and desertification are caused by a decrease of rain events and groundwater.
LIFE NIEBLAS started early 2020 and it is expected to last four years. The project will take place in Gran Canaria, Portugal and Catalonia.
The aim of this project is to improve degraded areas by reforestating using the areas endemic vegetation. Additionally, other objectives are to test the efficiency of different types of irrigation systems and water collection. It is expected that 100% of the water requirements of the project will be covered by the water collectors.
One of LIFE NIEBLAS' principal pillars is to share results and findings, as to involve different research entities and local communities.
The budget of this project is €2,185,777 where 54% is covered by the European Union. You can see the remaining contributions in the graph below.
1.- Reforesting degraded areas with native plants using water from the different types of water collectors and different methods of irrigation.
2.- To increase the vegetation coverage, thus achieving greater water filtration, decrease runoff, and increase the soil water absorption capacity. Hence, increasing environmental quality of the area (increasing biodiversity and reducing carbon footprint).
3.- To compare the efficiency of all water collectors and irrigation systems. 100% of the water needed will be provided by the water collectors.
4.- Create synergies and collaboration between local and european administrative bodies, ibut also community awareness on the relevance of forest cover regarding water resources; showing the environmental importance of its conservation, recovery, maintenance and extension as a resiliency tool in climate change mitigation.
5.- Generate resources to promote the project and the replication of the applied methodologies.