Life+ With the contribution of the LIFE + financial instrument of the European Union
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Actions – Deliverables


Action A1: Farmers information and olive parcels selection at the three project’s pilot areas
Responsible partner is RodaxAgro.
Farmers interested to participate in the project are briefed about its objectives, so that the critical number of farmers and olive groves are registered. Briefing is offered during meetings and training of farmers by the project partners with the contribution of F.ORs management. The intention is to be able to select the most appropriate olive groves to receive the interventions or to play the role of control, or even to be available as a replacement.  As a result, farmers are registered after signing a contract in which the olive groves are included.  In parallel, the roles and responsibilities of the F.ORs personnel that will be involved in the project is described.


Action A2: Preparing the interventions
Responsible partner is RodaxAgro.
Preparation for the interventions. Registered farmers (and their replacements) as well as the agronomists of F.ORs and the sub-contractors candidate to get involved in the project are trained by the project partners on the methods that will be used for the implementation of the interventions. The list of farmers and olive groves is finalized. The intervention plans are formulated and the subcontractors are evaluated for the selection of the most suitable ones.

Intervention Plan Mirabello 2013-2014

Intervention Plan Mirabello 2014-2015

Intervention Plan Mirabello 2015-2016

Intervention Plan Nileas 2013-2014

Intervention Plan Nileas 2014-2015

Intervention Plan Nileas 2015-2016

Intervention Plan Peza 2013-2014

Intervention Plan Peza 2014-2015

Intervention Plan Peza 2015-2016

Training Actions Per pilot area

Annual Report Training 2013-2014

Annual Report Training 2017


Action A3: Preparing materials and methods for the interventions
Responsible partner is IOTSP.
Preparation of materials and methods for the interventions. Field visits to adjust interventions to olive grove peculiarities. Evaluation of the equipment needed for the interventions, especially for returning the olive-mill waste water to the fields. Determination of the most suitable seed-mix to be drilled. More detailed training of the sub-contractors for the methods of implementation and for recording.

Field survey report (Mirabello)

Field_survey_report (Nileas)

Field_survey_report (Peza)

Seed Management Plan


Action B1: Returning of olive tree organic matter to the parcel soil
Responsible partner is IOTSP.
Returning organic matter to soil with any of the following methods
1.    Shredding of pruned wood and distribution (un-composted) on olive grove surface.
2.    Returning olive-mill waste water (un-composted) to soil.
3.    Composting organic material.
Recording of the parameters related to each intervention, using the templates available in the oLIVE CLIMA BINDER and update the «INTERVENTIONS» spread sheet in this binder.


Preliminary report on new cultivation practices (Executive summary in English)

Annual Report Training_2013_2014

Annual report on ogranic matter interventions (2015-2016) (Executive summary in English)

Training Report 2014- 2015 (Executive summary in English)

Training Report 2015- 2016 (Executive summary in English)

Guidelines for Olive Mill Waste application (2016) (Available only in Greek)

Annual Report on organic matter interventions 2016_2017

Final Report on organic matter interventions

Action B2: Introduction of new cultivation practices to increase carbon sequestration
Responsible partner is IOTSP.
1.  Drilling the seed-mix that has been selected
2.  Adjustment of pruning according to special training pattern
3.  Ensuring that farmers maintain the 20 olive groves registered for interventions uncultivated.
Recordings as for B1 above.


Preliminary report on new cultivation practices (Executive summary in English)

Annual report on new cultivation practices (2014-2015) (Executive summary in English)

Annual report on new cultivation practices (2015-2016) (Executive summary in English)

Final Report on new cultivation practices


Action C1: Data collection and recording – Quality control of EMS
Responsible partner is RodaxAgro.
Record keeping by farmers, subcontractors and agronomists of all parameters that relate specifically to oLIVE CLIMA. Transfer of this information to oLIVE CLIMA BINDER and to the generic EMS, from where after careful check they are fed to the specific EMS-CLIMA (analogue to EMS-IAP of the project SAGE10). EMS-CLIMA is the source to produce reports like Parcel Performance Sheet (PPS), Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) both focusing on the GHG emissions and climate change.


Preliminary analysis of data collected

1st Internal audit report (2012-2014) (Executive summary in English)

2nd Internal audit report (2014-2015) (Available only in Greek)

3rd Internal Audit Report (2016-2017)

Final analysis of Data collected

Action C2: Carbon return to the olive groves through organic material recycling
Responsible partner is IOTSP.
Sampling and dispatch for analysis of material to determine the amount of carbon that is returned to the soil, as follows:
1.    Pruned wood, intact or after shredding.
2.    Olive-mill Waste Water (liquid) / sludge
3.    Olive-mill Waste Water dried (from evaporation ponds)
4.    Soil
5.    Leaves
6.    Composted material
7.    Soil water status


Preliminary evaluation of organic matter recycling (Executive Summary in English)

Annual report on physicochemical analysis of soil samples (2015) (Executive summary in English)

Annual report on soil humidity (2015) (Executive summary in English)

Annual report on carbon return to olive groves (2014-2015) (Executive summary in English)

Annual report for chemical analyses (2014 – 2015) (Executive summary in English)

Annual report for chemical analyses of soil samples (2015) (Executive summary in English)

Final Evaluation of Organic Matter Recycling

Action C3: Cultivation practices impacts on carbon sequestration in olive groves
Responsible partner is IOTSP.
Other material sampled
1.    Species composition (rough assessment) and mass of indigenous and drilled flora.
2.    Shadow % cover of olive trees after adjusted pruning.
3.    Organic matter on top soil as a measure of no-tillage.


Preliminary evaluation of new cultivation practice (Executive summary in English)

Annual report for chemical analyses (2014 – 2015) (Executive summary in English)

Final Evaluation of New Cultivation Practices

Action C4: Determination of CO2 balance in olive ecosystems
Responsible partner is DICEM
The following main activities are proposed:
1.    The possible effect of climate (e.g. rainfall and air temperature) on GHGs emissions will be appraised by choosing orchards from different areas.
2.    Selection of models for prediction of CO2 emission.
3.    Model validation under the implemented cultivation practices.
4.    Measurement of the CO2 balance in the soil and the increased CO2 absorption by the soil.


Preliminary report on CO2 balance in olive ecosystems

Preliminary report on CO2 balance in olive ecosystem

Final Report on Carbon balance olive ecosystem

Action C5: GHG emissions during production phase – Life Cycle Analysis
Responsible partner is RodaxAgro
Life Cycle Assessment for the determination of GHG emissions and of other environmental impacts.


Preliminary Life Cycle Analysis on GHG emissions

Final Life Cycle Analysis on GHG emissions

Action C6: Side effects of the implementation actions
Responsible partner is IOTSP.
Monitoring of plant health as a result of interventions.

Report on health status of olive groves

Action C7: Project’s Socio-Economic impacts
Responsible partner is RodaxAgro
Production of a specific Parcel Performance Sheet (PPS) which includes not only the performance of each parcel with regard to GHG emissions and climate change but also of the socio-economic effects  of the interventions, i.e. the effects on yields and income, self-employment and the potential for enhancement of the environmental quality of olive oil for promotion in th market.

Report on Projects Socio-Economic Impacts


Action D1: Project website & Layman’s report
Responsible partner is Anatoliki
Development of the project’s website and elaboration of the Layman’s report

Layman’s Report


Action D2: oLIVE-CLIMA information boards & public material
Responsible partner is Anatoliki
The action includes the following activities:
1. LIFE” oLIVE-CLIMA” information boards
2. Project’s logo, summary brochure and poster





20131127_IEYF Board_AgroTypos



Action D3: Demonstration practical videos for farmers
Responsible partner is Agrotypos
Good Agricultural Practice guides for the farmers in the form of videos will be produced.

1st demonstration video: Weed management in olive groves during winter

2nd demonstration video: Olive tree pruning

3rd demonstration video: Fertilizing olive trees

4rth demonstration video: Compost from the pruning of the olive grove

5rth demonstration video: Holistic olive grove management


Action D4: Participation in conferences & Scientific publications
Responsible partner is RodaxAgro
Support of information sharing between scientific communities, in particular through presentation of the project’s phases and results in Greek and European conferences and workshops.

17th Greek weed science society conference, Athens, 22-23 November 2012

  • Paper available only in our Greek webpage


International Conference AgriClimateChange, Toulouse, France, October 2013


European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014, Vienna, Austria, 27/4- 02/5/2014


National Conference of Horticultural Science of Greece, Kalamata, Greece, 15-18 October 2013

  • oLIVE-CLIMA posters and papers available only in our Greek website


International Conference ELS2014- Earth Living Skin, Bari, Italy, 22-25 September 2014


National Conference of Οlive, Italy, Bari, 26-28 November, 2014


International Conference OLIVEBIOTEQ 2014, Amman ‐ Jordan, 3‐06.11.2014


International Conference IOBC/wprs WG “Integrated Protection of Olive Crops”, Kalamata, May 11-14.05.2015


1st Soil Quality in Life Cycle Assessment Workshop, Bordeaux, France, 29-31.08.2015


27th Conference of Greek Society of Horticulture Science, Volos, 28-29.09.2015

  • Papers available only in our Greek webpage


International Seminar “Carbon footprint of olive growing”, International Olive Council, Madrid, 26-27 .10.2015


Participation to the “Environmental Footprint Pilot Technical Secretariat on Olive Oil” held in Milano (IT) on 26.01.2016 at the JRC institute


EGU General Assembly 2016, 17-22.04.2016


New publication by oLIVE-CLIMA partner:

Paper available at


8th International Symposium on Olive Growing, October 10-14 2016, Split (Croatia)


3rd International Symposium on Horticulture in Europe, 17-21 October 2016, Chania, Crete

Poster presentation “Evaluation of legume-cereal seed mixtures for enhancement of soil fertility, carbon storage and biodiversity in a low-intensity olive orchard”


8th Conference of Hellenic Ecological Society, 20-23 October 2016, Thessaloniki (Greece)


New paper publication of oLIVE-CLIMA partners

A paper entitled “Comparison of European Olive Production Systems” was published in the Journal “Sustainability” (Sustainability 2016, 8, 825). Authors: Carlo Russo, Giulio Mario Cappelletti , Giuseppe Martino Nicoletti , Alfredo Ernesto Di Noia and George Michalopoulos (


New paper publication of oLIVE-CLIMA partners

A paper entitled “Seasonal variation of soil moisture in irrigated olive trees” was published in the Elsevier Journal “Procedia Engineering” (


New paper publication of oLIVE-CLIMA partners

A paper by SSIA was published by Elsevier in the book “Soil Management and Climate Change: Effects on Organic Carbon, Nitrogen Dynamics and Greenhouse Gas Emissions”, in November 2016.


Action D5: Communication & demonstration actions
Responsible partner is IOTSP.
The action includes the following activities, carried out during the last project’s year:
1. Communication with stakeholders
2. Organization of seminars for the farmers
3. Project’s conferences

LIFE Prosodol project meeting, 21 December 2012

  • Presentation available only in our Greek website


Conference “Agricoltura e ambiente nuovi modelli di sviluppo sostenibile”, Scanzano Jonico (MATERA), Italy, 16 January 2015


International Workshop on “Xylella fastidiosa: knowledge gaps and research priorities for the EU” organized by EC and EFSA, Brussels, 12-13.11.2015


Meeting with Water Management Authority of Decentralized Administration of Crete, Herakleion, 08.04.2016

  • Report on OMW application in olive orchards of oLIVE-CLIMA available only in our Greek webpage


Networking event on “Climate change mitigation strategies, a challenge for agriculture”, organized by the LIFE IPNOA project, October 13, 2016, Pisa (Italy),


Networking meeting of AgroClimaWater project, 18 October 2016, Thessaloniki


Workshop in Ormylia, Chalkidiki, Northern Greece, 02.02.2017


Workshop in Argalasti, Magnesia, Central Greece, 20.02.2017


Workshop in Kalamata, Messenia, Peloponnese 14.03.2017


Workshop in Kiparissia, Messenia, Peloponnese, 22.03.2017


Workshop in Matera, Basilicata, Italy, 07.04.2017


29.08.2017 – 02.09.2017: International Conference with the results of the oLIVE-CLIMA project


Report on communication and dissemination actions


Action E1: Project management & audit
Responsible partner is Anatoliki
The main distinct activities of this action are:
1. The formation of the project’s team within Coordinating Beneficiary (CB) and Associated Beneficiaries (ABs).
2. The formation of project’s management board and of the project’s committees
3. The conclusion of the agreements of CB with ABs.
4. The reporting of project’s progress to the European Commission and external monitoring team.
5. The receiving of funds from the Commission and the distribution of the amounts corresponding to the associated beneficiaries’ participation in the project as specified in the agreements established
6. The organization of project’s workshops and of project’s steering committee’s meetings.
7. The verification of the final financial statements that will be provided to the Commission within the final project report by an independent auditor – project audit

Final Report

Action E2: Monitoring of project progress
Responsible partner is Anatoliki
Establishment of a monitoring system, in order to measure and evaluate the project’s results. The monitoring system will keep a check on all the various activities, including finances.

Final Monitoring Report

Action E3: Networking with other projects
Responsible partner is Anatoliki
The following activities will take place:
1. Creation of a networking list with relative projects
2. Development of the network forum as collaborative space in project’s website
3. Organization of a networking meeting in parallel with 1st project meeting (M8)
4. Regular communication between networking members during and after project’s lifetime.


  • oLIVE-CLIMA (LIFE 11 ENV/GR/942) in the Life IRRIMAN networking meeting

On 27.04.2017, in Vienna, Austria, the Soil and Water Resources Institute, as partner of the oLIVE-CLIMA project (LIFE 11 ENV/GR/942) participated in a life networking project with similar topics. LIFE IRRIMAN project networking was not a typical Life project network. It was held in the “European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU2017)” congress, in the Session SSS10.6/HS5.12 with the title “Irrigated agriculture: natural resources management for the sustainability of the terrestrial ecosystem maintaining productivity”. Mr. Victor Kavvadias from the Soil and Water Resources Institute made an oral presentation about oLIVE-CLIMA (LIFE 11 ENV/GR/942). It was a fruitful occasion to discuss and share know-how and practical experiences about the efficient use of soil and water under different conditions and sectors.

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  • 10-12 May 2017 –Networking of oLIVE-CLIMA with over 50 relevant Life projects

On 10-12 May 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia, the Institute of Olive, Subtropical Plants and Vine – ELGO “DIMITRA”, as partner of the project, actively participated in the workshop of networking with over 50 LIFE projects in the Platform meeting on Ecosystem Services, entitled “COSTING THE EARTH? – translating the ecosystem services concept into practical decision making”, presenting the project oLIVE-CLIMA (LIFE 11 ENV/GR/942). The main goal of the meeting was to identify the relationships between LIFE projects and the application of ecosystem services concept in the EU, as well as how LIFE programme contributes to policy and decision making. The meeting was organized around three key themes:

  • Defining/mapping ecosystem services: exploring the role that LIFE projects play in developing, testing and applying different tools and methods.
  • Valuing ecosystem services: discussing the methods developed for valuation, outcomes and findings from valuations, barriers and look at some practical examples from LIFE projects.
  • Application of the ecosystem services concept in decision making: with the lessons learnt from the LIFE projects and how this results used to inform policy.

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  • LIFE Olivares Vivos visits oLIVE-CLIMA (LIFE 11 ENV/GR/942) pilot areas

Representatives of the LIFE project Olivares Vivos participated in the oLIVE-CLIMA (LIFE 11 ENV/GR/942), final Conference in Chania to present their work and be informed of the latest research on climate change and agriculture. A networking meeting between the two projects was also realized to discuss ways of closer collaboration. After the end of the conference, representatives of the LIFE project Olivares Vivos visited olive groves of oLIVE-CLIMA in Merambello area and discussed with the Cooperative agronomists about the olive crop management practices applied and the feedback by farmers.



Newsletter 2015

Newsletter 2016

Newsletter 2017

Report on network operation

Report on networking actions

Action E4: After-life communication plan
Responsible partner is Anatoliki
Dissemination of the project’s results and maintenance and expansion of the number of targeted audience after-LIFE.

After-life communication plan