The first annual meeting of the GECO2 Project “Green Economy and CO2” will be held at CIHEAM Bari on 29 and 30 October 2019.
Funded by the CBC Italy-Croatia Programme for 2.5 million Euros, GECO2 joins the fight against climate change to develop a sustainable agricultural and industrial model.
The focus of the European project is the carbon market. The innovative idea behind GECO2 is to start a voluntary market of carbon dioxide equivalents based on the agricultural sector.
The project has two other important objectives: to create a network of local observatories to monitor and understand climate change in the Adriatic Region; to help local communities implement climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.
The project is under the leadership of Arpae (Regional Agency for Prevention, Environment and Energy of Emilia-Romagna) and includes partners from four Italian regions and two Croatian provinces.
"With GECO2 we will try to improve the carbon fixation capacity of the primary sector, which is currently underestimated and partly unexplored" - explains Vittorio Marletto, manager of Arpae Emilia Romagna - "by experimenting with new environmentally friendly farming practices and launching a new voluntary carbon market, capable of generating additional income for farmers".
CIHEAM BARI, partner of GECO2, will be in charge of the "research and training" work package. "The aim of the project is of great importance; it is structured in an international scientific research on the state of play and existing best practices on CO2 - says Vincenzo Verrastro, coordinator of GECO2 for CIHEAM Bari - followed by the training of stakeholders and the definition of guidelines necessary for the implementation of project strategies in the pilot areas of the countries involved”.
Other partners are Molise Region, Marche Region, Rera sd for coordination and development of Split County Dalmatia, Agrra - Zadar (Zadar), Neretva Region of Dubrovnik and Legacoop Romagna