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LIFE + MANEV PROJECT

Evaluation of manure management and treatment technology for environmental protection and sustainable livestock farming in Europe.

MANEV is an European project of large-scale demonstration framed within the LIFE + Programme of Environment Policy and Governance, whose main objective is to improve environmental protection and sustainability of livestock promoting the use of treatment technologies in different saturated or surplus areas in the production of livestock manure across Europe.

8 partners will assess 13 treatment technologies and manure management systems, located in 8 regions with high pig production belonging to 4 European countries, following a common monitoring and assessment protocol that will be developed a long the project. The results of each assessment could be referred to CO2 equivalent units in order to assess its contribution to fight against climate change.

A software tool will be developed based on the results and all the information and data obtained from the technology assessments developed in the project, which is intended to provide an objective decision support tool to determine the most appropriate treatment according to the local circumstances, without being these mere technological comparison but taking into account aspects like for example environment, society, economics, local regulation,… of every study case. Europe will be endowed with a common decision support tool to the various technologies beneficial for both farming sector (search for the optimal technology) and the administration (environmental control and promotion of the use of technologies).

DURATION: 48 months (January 2011 – December 2014)

BUDGET OF THE PROJECT:

  • Total budget: 4.165.832 €
  • European co-financing: 2.076.153 €

STAKEHOLDERS AND MAIN TARGET AUDIENCE OF THE PROJECT

STAKEHOLDERS INVOLVED IN THE SOFTWARE TOOL DEVELOPMENT

RESEARCHERS
They analyse and assess every technology and gather all experimental results and useful information to develop the tool.
LABORATORY
Professional laboratories are in charge of monitoring sample analysis in the different scenarios to assess treatment systems and environmental quality of soil and water at local scale.
SOFTWARE TECHNICIANS
Decision support tool will be developed by professional technicians.
CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES AND TECHNOLOGY PROVIDERS
They are involved in the building of infrastructure and provide the technology to be assessed in the project.

END-USERS OF THE SOFTWARE TOOL

FARMERS AND AGRICULTURAL HOLDINGS
The software tool will provide them knowledge and objective information about the different technical alternatives according to every local circumstance.
FIELD TECHNICIANS
The software tool will provide them objective information when offering technology and alternatives to farmers.
ADMINISTRATORS
The tool helps them to evaluate new projects and check the consistency of the proposed interventions taking into account the current state of the art.
POLITICIANS
The tool provides guidance for the strategies to follow and intervention to carry out to improve environmental quality, safeguarding the sustainability of the sector.