Where and when
A common threat and a shared solution
Intensive cattle and pig farming is a common activity in the Mediterranean area. Although the breeds and the facilities used vary and the impact of the productive activity is different in each country, farmers have to manage huge amount of organic waste, to contain the environmental impact of their activity and minimize costs.
This project focuses on 4 different areas in Italy, Spain, Cyprus and Bosnia-Herzegovina, where farming has always been a major source of income for the local population and the environmental heritage is protected as a cultural and economic asset.
Since livestock waste management has become a focal issue in relation to current EU and national policies on environmental, climate, waste handling and renewable energy matters and its optimization is a key challenge for the EU, especially the MED area. The complexity of livestock waste management requires a transnational approach in order to support the sustainable growth of the livestock sector in the MED area. Some regions have already implemented innovative and efficient strategies to tackle this challenge, while others are still behind, due to lack of knowledge or limiting policies. In order to cover the knowledge gap and overcome policy restrictions, the transnational approach adopted by the project is strictly necessary. RE-LIVE WASTE will develop a transnational cooperation network among 13 partners(including 3 associated) from 4 MED countries which share common problems in the management of livestock waste from intensive farming. The geographical distribution of partners involved in the project gives the opportunity to compare results from the 4 testing pilots, share experiences, exchange expertise and learn from one another taking into account the different levels of innovation adoption and development throughout the MED area. The transnational approach of the project is crucial since it allows to test and transfer knowledge on innovative technologies and processes that transform livestock waste into high added-value organic fertilizers, that otherwise won’t spread to all involved regions. Since the project also aims to demonstrate the commercial viability of the fertilizers obtained in order to develop a concrete market for these products, a transnational cooperation action is necessary to demonstrate all their potential and to eliminate the barriers (e.g. legislative) that may impede its future development. This will contribute to the creation of new business and job opportunities not only in the MED regions, but in the EU as a whole.
A limited time frame and future prospects
Since the time frame of this pilot project is limited in time, the project will be concluded by July 31st, 2020, but activities will carry on in the territories of reference to explore and possibly implement scaling-up and further development. All project partners will diseminate the results of the project in their on countries, supporting the companies and institutions which plan to implemente innovative solutions to produce and re-use struvite in thier fields.