An initiative created within the scope of the Regional of Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020 - Operation Type 16.1.01 – Operational Groups of the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability – Focus Area 5E - Project VINCAPTER
VINCAPTER: VINEYARD ECOSYSTEM CARBON SINK EFFICACY: PIACENZA LAND CASE STUDIES
The soil carries out important functions in the ecosystem, due to its organic matter. The organic content of the soil can be severely compromised by factors such as overworking the topsoil, or the use of unsustainable management techniques. Soil is of great interest both to the academic world and in the field of European Community Agricultural Policy as well as international environmental policies.
Over the last few decades, a significant and constant rise in the concentration of “greenhouse gases” has been recorded, mainly due to an uncontrolled increase in anthropic activity. In this context arable areas and their crops play a leading role, both regarding the function of the soil as a carbon sink, and for the ability of plants to fix atmospheric carbon dioxide in the form of biomass.
VinCapTer is a three-year project funded by the Emilia-Romagna Region for the purposes of Measure 16 of the RDP 2014-2020. It aims to define the potential of vineyards around Piacenza to store atmospheric carbon in the vine plants, the turf and the soil, as well as to test unconventional soil management agronomic practices in various pedological environments in order to promote carbon sequestration and conserve Carbon in the agricultural sector.
The results of the application of the different management techniques proposed will be quantified by measuring the carbon footprint of the “vineyard system” but will also be linked to agronomic parameters such as productivity and final quality of the grapes.
The Operational Group (OG) was formed with the purpose of bringing vineyards together, including those from areas with developmental problems (D areas), to study a variety of “vineyard” ecosystems located in different pedological environments. The collaboration between vineyards and research institutions (UCSC, I.TER and CPRA) is of fundamental importance to ensure the results have a real effect on the whole wine-producing industry. This is the basis of another important objective: the definition of new “guidelines for good agronomic practices for soil management” designed to promote innovative solutions in vineyard soil management aimed at making viticulture more sustainable and more competitive.
FUNDING: RDP 2014-2020 EMILIA-ROMAGNA REGION Measure 16.1.01 – Operational Groups of the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability.
% FUNDING: 100% Measure16 Focus Area 5E - 80% Measure 1
TOTAL COST: 199513.58 €
GRANT PERMITTED: 199017.58 €
With the contribution of EAFRD:
REGULATION (UE) N. 1305/2013 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND COUNCIL
Project start date: 01/10/2017; project end date: 30/09/2020
VINCAPTER IOG PARTNERS:
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Project Leader)
I.Ter Soc. Coop.
Centro Ricerche Produzioni Animali C.R.P.A.
Azienda Vitivinicola Malvicini Paolo
Az. Agr. La Pagliara s.s.
Az. Vitivinicola "I Salici" di Gazzola Claudio
Tenuta Borri Azienda Agricola di Andrea Pradelli