On the occasion of the celebration of World Environment Day, last Saturday, June 4, 2022, representatives of the Popular Party of the Region of Murcia related to environmental politics and governance met at the University of Murcia pine forest, both at the regional as well as local level. The event, to which representatives of the associated beneficiaries of the LIFE AMDRYC4 project were invited, served to transfer the importance of the development of governance related to climate neutrality in the European Union, taking advantage of the opportunities that the agricultural and forestry sector offer in the Region of Murcia and the Mediterranean context, objectives that converge with the actions and the rest of the LIFE project.
The program of the commemorative act, as well as the members of the round table were the following:
– Marine ecosystems as mitigators of climate change – Pedro Martínez Baños, Doctor in Biological Sciences
– Compensation of the Carbon Footprint, as a tool to mitigate Climate Change – Esteban Jordán González, head of Natural Environment Engineering, (beneficiary of the LIFE AMDRYC4 project) and the Dean of Technical Forestry Engineers in the Region of Murcia.
– Objectives sustainable development. The environment as an engine for job creation and economic development – María Méndez Rocasolano, Doctor of Environmental Law
– Recovery of the Mar Menor – Antonio Luengo Zapata. Environment Counselor
Moderation: Mr. Luis Alberto Marín González, Minister of Economy, Finance and Digital Administration.
Closing Act: Fernando López Miras. President of the Region of Murcia.
Undoubtedly, this round table, in which the contribution of marine, terrestrial agricultural and terrestrial forest carbon sinks to climate change mitigation was highlighted, turned out to be an ideal scenario for environmental policy makers from the municipalities of the Region of Murcia, the Regional Assembly and the Regional Government will integrate the generation of carbon credits into their political proposals. The LIFE AMDRYC4 proposal consisting of testing different actions based on the circular economy and local organic matter, to increase carbon levels in terrestrial ecosystems of rainfed agriculture, has been motivating for dialogue in a context of governance with the highest officials at the regional level.