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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 €

Background

There is a huge regional variation in both manure collection in housing systems and manure management systems across EU-27, and there is surprisingly little quantitative information about the actual storage and management of livestock manure in practice (Menzi, 2002).

During the 1st Expert Meeting of the LIFE ES-WAMAR project (June 2009) it was found that despite the environmental problems in the different European regions with pig slurry production surplus are the same, the steps taken in each of the areas is clearly different, and consequently there is great heterogeneity in manure management and treatment technologies without an apparent common pattern.