LIFE Project 2018-07-16T22:52:12+02:00


LIFE AMDRYC4 is a demonstration project with an innovative character that presents a new approach to promote natural solutions for the adaptation to climate change of dryland agricultural systems in the Mediterranean area.
Belonging to the 2016 call of the LIFE Programme, as part of the Climate Action subprogram, its main objective is the promotion and promotion of resilience to dryland agriculture climate in Mediterranean areas and its sustainable, intelligent and integrated management, as a basic tool for adapting to climate change based on ecosystems (EbA) and strengthening its mitigating role as carbon sinks, so that they are sustainable and persistent.

DURATION: 01/09/2017 – 31/12/2021.

PROJECT BUDGET: 1.863.729 € (60% Cofinanciación Europea – 1.118.166 €).



The main objective of this proposal is the promotion and development of climatic resilience in Mediterranean dry farming areas and its sustainable, smart and integrated management as a tool for climate change adaptation based on Ecosystems (EbA), as well as its mitigation role as sustainable and persistent carbon sinks.


  1. To implement adaptive solutions through soft-technologies and sustainable, smart and integrated measures leading to an Ecosystem based Adaptation (AbE) to climate change, with a practical and demonstrative development of the project among main stakeholders.
  2. To develop methodologies and monitoring indicators to quantify and assess transformative changes in carbon stock in soils (4 per 1000 initiative), ecosystem services of natural capital, and combat against desertification on Mediterranean dryland farming soils.
  3. To contribute to a more accurate practice-oriented knowledge, and an enhancement of these agricultural systems, through modelling of organic carbon accountability and ecosystem services to assess adaptation (EbA) and climate change mitigation, integrating cost-benefit analysis.
  4. To encourage ex ante and ex post transferability and replicability of project actions, through implication of stakeholders interested in promotion with Voluntary Agreements with farmers. Establishment of a Land Stewardship Entity as a catalyst and driver for the adoption of the adaptation strategy.
  5. To promote sustainable, smart and integrated development, through improvement of dryland farming soils, in order to encourage the fixing of the population to its territory, circular economy and rural employment.
  6. To contribute to governance, analyzing financial instruments, and concreting new proposals for after-LIFE project sustainability that allows sustainable, smart and integrated growth in rural areas with dry farming.
  7. To inform, create awareness and encourage main stakeholders in dry farming systems about sustainability in order to encourage a change in corporate culture, through the promotion of the calculation of carbon footprint, that will allow progress towards a low carbon economy and implementation of EbA.


Project Actions

A. Preparatory actions

A1 Redaction of technical projects and management of necessary authorizations for “Actions C” or Implementation actions.

C. Implementation actions

C1 Prototype for the generation of organic matter composted with local waste, for use in dryland agriculture.

C2 Experiences of organic agriculture with local composted waste for soil improvement and promotion of the local economy.

C3 Adaptation actions based on natural ecosystems associated with dryland farms in areas affected by climate change.

C4 Methodological guide for the modeling of organic carbon accounting for the mitigation and adaptation of dryland agricultural soils.

C5 Agricultural Custody Entity for adaptation to climate change through soil conservation and implementation of the initiative 4 per thousand.

C6 Replicability and transferability strategy of lessons learned in the proposal.

D. Monitoring of the impact of the project actions

D1 Monitoring of physical, chemical and biological indicators for analysis of mitigation measures, ecosystem services and climate adaptation.

D2 Monitoring of the socio-economic impact derived from the project.

D3 Monitoring the role of the land stewardship entity for adaptation to climate change.
E. Communication and dissemination of results

E1 Communication tools.

E2 Networking, networks with professionals.

E3 Production of technical and informative material.

E4 Involvement of experts, stakeholders and interest groups.

E5 External communication and public relations office.

F. Project management

F1 Project management by UMU, coordinating beneficiary.

F2 Internal communication, meetings and training for partners.

F3 Monitoring of project progress indicators.

F4 Communication plan after the LIFE project.


Experimental plots

Development of the project LIFE AMDRYC4 will take place in the Region of Murcia (Spain), as a geographical area representative of the Mediterranean area.

The actions contemplated in the project will be carried out in 4 experimental plots located in different points of the Region of Murcia:

  • El Moralejo (Caravaca de la Cruz)
  • Xiquena (Lorca)
  • Nogalte (Lorca)
  • Corvera (Murcia)

Initiative 4 per 1000

The “Initiative 4/1000: Soils for food security and climate” aims to ensure that agriculture plays its role in combating climate change.

Possibilities of action

Governments and local authorities can:

  • Implement training programs for farmers and agricultural advisors to increase organic matter in soils.
  • Contribute to finance carbon capture development projects.
  • Develop policies that promote sustainable land management.

Development banks, donors and private companies can:

  • Support development projects that facilitate the dissemination and implementation of sustainable agricultural practices.
  • Finance development projects, training courses or implementation of measurement, notification and verification systems.

Farmers and food producer organizations can:

  • Work together with the scientific community and NGOs to promote sustainable agricultural practices.


The main objective of the proposal is the promotion and promotion of resilience to rainfed agriculture climate in Mediterranean areas and its sustainable, intelligent and integrated management, as a basic tool for adaptation to climate change based on ecosystems (EbA) and strengthen its mitigating function as carbon sinks, so that they are sustainable and persistent.

LIFE AMDRYC4 project incorporates among its target audience those capable agents who, through their support and collaboration, contribute to achieving the goal of adapting to the problem of climate change.

  • Representatives of all political parties
  • Business associations
  • Representatives of agricultural organizations
  • Agricultural land managers
  • Public administration

FAQ – Frequently asked questions

What is LIFE?

LIFE Programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action for 2014-2020 period. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value.

LIFE Climate Action is one of the two sub-programmes of the European Union’s main funding programme for the environment. It supports both climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation projects.

The main objectives of LIFE Climate Action are to:

  • Contribute to the shift towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy;
  • Improve the development, implementation and enforcement of EU climate change policy and legislation;
  • Support better environmental and climate change governance at all levels; and
  • Support the implementation of the 7th Environment Action Programme.

What is the project budget?

Total Budget for the project reaches a total amount of 1.863.729 €. European Union co-finances with 1.118.166 €, corresponding the rest of the budget to partners’ contribution. Therefore, UMU, the Coordinating beneficiary, contributes with 338.570 € of own funds. The associated beneficiaries contribute as follows: OISMA with 185.405 €, IDEN with 176.253 €, COAG with 72.181 €, and NCC with 52.557 €.

Project beneficiaries

LIFE project AMDRYC4 is developed by a consortium of public and private organizations in the agricultural, forestry and business sectors related to climate change. This consortium, led by the University of Murcia (UMU), is made up of the following partners:

Coordinating Beneficiary

Associated Beneficiaries