SAVE THE DATE MONTCLIMA Transnational seminar on Strategies for soil protection against the impacts of climate change: risk of erosion and carbon sequestration

dv., 10/06/2022 - 09:56

We are pleased to announce that the MONTCLIMA SUDOE project is organizing a seminar on  Strategies for soil protection against the impacts of climate change: risk of erosion and carbon sequestration that will take place in Bilbao on 5t July  2021.

This transnational seminar will focus on sharing knowledge and experiences concerning good practices on dealing and preventing soil degradation in SUDOE Mountain.

Registration will take place via this registration form online participation or in-person attendance. It will be possible to attend the seminar in a completely virtual way. The Seminar will be held in the Congress Palace of Bilbao (Euskalduna: Abandoibarra Etorb., 4, 48011 Bilbo, Bizkaia). Registration includes coffee break, an informal lunch. Spanish, French and English simultaneous translation will be provided.

We look forward to meeting you and discussing this challenging topic with you!


In a context of climate change, one of the main risks to be reduced and studied in depth in mountain areas is soil degradation. Sustainable soil management is crucial as soils are is a finite resource that provides 95% of the world's food. It should not be forgotten that soils hosts a quarter of the planet's biodiversity. Moreover, it should not be forgotten that soils can play a fundamental role in mitigating climate change, due to their capacity to act as carbon sinks if properly managed.

In recent years, there has been increasing interest in carbon offsets to help meet climate goals and adapt to climate impacts. However, the proper management of offset crediting mechanisms is a major challenge. These mechanisms must allow for effective carbon offsetting to reduce global warming and cannot be distorted by evolving into a mere "greenwashing" strategy.



The aim of the conference, which is part of the MONTCLIMA project, is to provide information on existing local and international strategies for soil protection in mountain areas, to go deeper into the stages inherent to the design of carbon offsetting mechanisms through soils (i) the role of soil in climate neutrality; ii) monitoring systems; and iii) verification systems) and finally, to go deeper into the MOTCLIMA pilot experiences on soil erosion reduction strategies.

The provisional programme is available here.

Register to participate here: ON-LINE PARTICIPATION or  IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE



8:45 - 9:00


Leire Barañano, General Director of NEIKER

Isabelle Roger,  Head of the Interreg-SUDOE Management Authority

Ainara Jauregui, General Secretary of the CTP from the Basque Government  

09:00 - 09:15

BLOCK 1: Soil protection: MONTCLIMA project case studies. Chair, Olatz Unamunzaga NEIKER.

9:15 - 10:15

A healthy soil for a healthy planet. Dr. Carlos Garbisu, Scientific director of NEIKER -Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development

9:15 - 9:45

MONTCLIMA pilot experiences to face the risk of soil erosion.

  • NEIKER, Olatz Unamunzaga: Soil management through cover crops in vineyards
  • RTM-ONF, Etienne Ebrard: Erosion measurements after a fire. Experimental device in the municipality of Cervera
  • FORESPIR-SILVAGRINA, Jordi Deu: Control of surface water erosion: The example of revegetation in high mountain areas (Andorra) to prevent the mobilisation of solid materials which seriously affect drinking water supplies
9:45 - 10:15

Coffee break

10:15 - 10:45

BLOCK 2: Strategies for soil protection. Chair, Sebastian Chauvin FORESPIR

0:45-11:15 European thematic strategy for soil protection. Mirco Barbero, Coordinator of the Soil Protection and Sustainable Land Use Team, DG Environment European Commission

11:15-11:45 Euskadi 2030 soil protection strategy. Ana Alzola, IHOBE -Public Society for Environmental Management of the Basque Government

11:45-12:00 Soil Alliance of the Pyrenees (ASPir). Thomas Jacques, President of the French Association for Soil Research

10:45 - 12:00

BLOCK 3: The role of soil in the carbon offset: opportunities and threats. Chair, Carlos Garbisu NEIKER

12:00-12:30 The role of soil in climate neutrality. Dr. María José Sanz, scientific director of BC3 -Basque Center for Climate Change
12:30-13:00 Why is a soil observatory necessary? Dr. David Robinson, soil researcher -U.K Center for Ecology and Hydrology
13:00-13:30 ZERTICARBON: Afforestation-Digitalization-Monetization. Panu Torniainen, CEO ZERTICARBON -Blockchain Certified
13:30-13:45 Open innovation to overcome the challenges of the future. Inazio Martínez de Arano, Director of the Mediterranean Regional Office of EFI -European Forest Institute

12:00 - 14:15

Round of questions

13:45 - 14:15

Conclusions and closing of the meeting. OPCC-CTP Eva Garcia/Juan Terradez

14:15 - 14:30



Register to participate here: ON-LINE PARTICIPATION or  IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE

More information abourt the event here.