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)


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

Project objectives:

  • To demonstrate that both the use of treatment technology and an environmentally correct management scheme of pig manure can contribute to a reduction of GHG emissions and simultaneously improve the farmers’ sustainability.
  • To improve environmental protection and quality by increasing the use of manure treatment technology in different livestock saturated or surplus zones of Europe.
  • To unify criteria for the evaluation of different manure treatment technology systems and management schemes (mainly for the pig sector) and to develop a common protocol for all the different European zones.
  • To develop a decision supporting and planning tool to evaluate different manure treatment and management strategies for being used by institutions, associations, administration and also provides information for individual farms.
  • To determine the optimisation potential of evaluated treatment systems and management schemes.
  • To define the fertilising properties of directly applied manure and of every treatment effluent with the aim of getting a real value in the market.
  • To balance the know-how related to the treatment technologies and management methods, within the different countries and areas in Europe.
  • To disseminate the knowledge about different manure treatment methods and technologies among farmers and all stakeholders.