LIFE ADAPTAMED - Protection of key ecosystem services by adaptive management of Climate Change endangered Mediterranean socioecosystems

LIFE14 CCA/ES/000612

Project description   Environmental issues   Beneficiaries   Administrative data   Read more   Print   PDF version  

Contact details:

Contact person: Francisco Javier SÁNCHEZ GUTIÉRREZ
Tel: 34958980238
Fax: 34958026310
Email: gestion.lifeadaptamed.cmaot@juntadeandalucia.es

Project description:


The link between the provision of key ecosystem services (e.g. soil retention, temperature regulation, pollination) and socio-ecosystems (e.g. mountain Mediterranean scrub, coastal dune forests) in three Mediterranean Natural Protected Areas (NPAs) is well established on the basis of long-term management experience and scientific knowledge. Habitats in the NPAs, however, are being increasingly and negatively affected by climate change, and these impacts can provoke changes in their capacity to provide ecosystem services.


The LIFE ADAPTAMED project aims to mitigate the negative effects of climate change on key ecosystem services in three representative Mediterranean NPAs of socio-economic importance:

  • A Mediterranean wetland: Doñana Nature Space (a nature & national park and biosphere reserve);
  • A Mediterranean high mountain range: Sierra Nevada nature area (a nature & national park and biosphere reserve); and
  • A subdesert Mediterranean coastal area: Cabo de Gata Nature Park (also a biosphere reserve).
  • The project will focus on developing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and disseminating adaptive management measures. It will use an ecosystem approach and address socio-ecosystems identified as key for the provision of, among other things, soil retention, pollination, pastures (net primary production), temperature regulation, water provision, prevention of forest fires, and desertification.

    It aims to implement and test actions and tools in different representative Mediterranean ecosystems that are especially sensitive to climate change (e.g. wetlands, mountain areas and subdesert areas) in order to provide data, experience and tools to other decision-makers, land managers and stakeholders facing these threats.

    Expected results: Through adaptive management of strategic ecosystems (mountain Mediterranean shrubs, pine woods, pre-desert scrubland, coastal dune woods and Quercus woods) in three NPAs, contribution will be made to protect their key ecosystem services from climate change.

    Services protection Project outcomes as a result of management actions are expected to show benefits for a diversity of protective services (e.g. covering targeted actions on soil retention, water provision/regulation, carbon sequestration/storage, O2 production, temperature regulation, desertification prevention, pollination/seed dispersal and recreation [tourism]). Specific. expected results will include:

  • A 45 ha seed and plantation o f cork oaks, wild olive and Pistacia lentiscus trees;
  • The planting of 1 800 Junipers (J.communis Sabina); 250 pines (Pinus sylvestris nevadensis); and 150-200 Mediterranean shrubs, Ziziphus lotus;
  • A 10% increase in water availability through the restoration of traditional irrigation channels;
  • Pruning carried out on 50 ha of holm oaks;
  • Thinning carried out on 200 ha n of pine forest;
  • Chemical treatment of 200 cork oaks against Phytophthora cinnamomi, a soil-borne mold;
  • Installation of 260 biodiversity boxes;
  • Construction of 1 km of soil retention structures; and
  • Tilling will be carried out on 10ha of pastures.

The project will also produce six “Good practice manuals” covering climate adaptation management practices for shrubs, pine woods, pre-desert scrubs, mountain forests and for combating cork oak pests.

All the project actions will be assessed using the project’s specially- developed tools and methodologies: A first set of indicators will enable the assessment of progress during their implementation; a second set of indicators will assess their effectiveness.



Environmental issues addressed:


Climate change Adaptation - Natural resources and ecosystems


wetlands ecosystem‚  coastal area‚  forest management‚  management plan‚  mountainous area‚  biosphere reserve‚  protected area‚  water shortage‚  forest ecosystem

Target EU Legislation

  • Nature protection and Biodiversity
  • Directive 92/43 - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directiv ...
  • COM(2011) 244 final “Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 ...
  • Land & Soil
  • COM(2013)659 - A new EU Forest Strategy: for forests and the forest-based sector (20.09.2013)
  • Climate Change & Energy efficicency
  • Directive 2012/27 - Energy efficiency (25.10.2012)
  • COM(2013)216 - EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change (16.04.2013)

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación del Territorio
Type of organisation Regional authority
Description The regional ministry of the environment and spatial planning of Andalusia (Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación del Territorio de la Junta de Andalucía) is the public body within the autonomous government of Andalusia, responsible for the environment, water planning and territorial and urban development.
Partners UGR-IISTA(Universidad de Granada), Spain UAL-CAESCG(Universidad de Almería - Centro Andaluz para la Evaluación y Seguimiento del Cambio Global), Spain CSIC(Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas), Spain PC(Consorcio Parque de las Ciencias), Spain AMAyA(Agencia de Medio Ambiente y Agua), Spain UICN-MED(Centro de Cooperación del Mediterráneo de UICN), Spain


Project reference LIFE14 CCA/ES/000612
Duration 16-JUL-2015 to 15-JUL -2020
Total budget 5,462,678.00 €
EU contribution 3,234,049.00 €
Project location Andalucía(España)


Read more:

Project web site Project's website


Project description   Environmental issues   Beneficiaries   Administrative data   Read more   Print   PDF version