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Where water is scarce, it makes sense to make the most of what you receive for free. An EU-funded project is studying the different ways Africa's farmers can increase the volume of rain and river water collected, to improve crop yields and bridge dry spells.
Published: 17 June 2015
Sustainable rural development can only be accomplished by empowering local people to participate in the development of new techniques themselves. In understanding the importance of irrigation for smallholder farmers, the EU-funded EAU4FOOD project has integrated locals within the innovation process.
Published: 5 June 2015
To stop the Mediterranean region turning into a desert, the EU-funded MENFRI project is establishing forest management strategies and solutions that address environmental concerns across the Mediterranean and create jobs. These include forest management training, support for women's associations in North Africa to commercialise forest-based products, certification of sustainably sourced goods in the Mediterranean and promotion of rural tourism.
Published: 4 June 2015
Forest fires are not necessarily becoming more frequent, but they could become increasingly severe, say EU-funded scientists. Forest management strategies must evolve in line with the changes that are compounding the risk of blazes across large areas.
Published: 27 April 2015
Climate change is global - but affects people locally. An EU-funded project is giving Mediterranean businesses and local governments the information they need to plan ahead by taking the impact of local climate change into account. The project is also helping to build a Europe-wide climate information service.
Published: 2 December 2014
Crab is a culinary delicacy most of which ends up in the bin. In this edition of Futuris we look at the uses can we find for the hundreds of thousands of tons of crab shells thrown away by European consumers every year.
Published: 5 November 2014
Fires can have a devastating impact on invaluable archaeological and cultural sites. These areas are often at greater risk of fires because they are commonly surrounded by vegetation or situated close to forest regions. Early detection, however, can significantly reduce the potential damage fires cause.
Published: 11 August 2014
Increasing pressures on Europe's marine and coastal areas, particularly around the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, highlight the need for these areas to become more resilient to human activities and natural change. There is a large scientific research effort already underway to identify some of the environmental baselines, but the challenge now lies in turning that knowledge into effective decision-making.
Published: 24 July 2014
What does a coal-fired power plant produce? Well, electricity, of course, but it could also supply clean water. And so could many other types of factory. Technology developed by the EU-funded CapWa project extracts water from flue gas - more, in some cases, than was initially brought in. It also saves energy.
Published: 14 May 2014
Live organisms such as bacteria and yeast - known as probiotics - have traditionally been added to dairy foods for an extra health boost, but are now making their way to table olives. EU-funded researchers developing this new 'superfood' say it could help Southern Europe's olive industry become more competitive. Two patents have been registered - in Greece and Spain - for the technology, opening up the way for application on an industrial scale.
Published: 12 May 2014