Regenerative agriculture practices: demonstration of a sustainable livestock-raising soil management alternative

  • Financing: LIFE (LIFE12 ENV/ES/000232)
  • Head researcher: Dr. Nerea Mandaluniz
  • Duration: 2013-16

LIFE REGEN FARMING is an innovative project that aims to identify, demonstrate and transfer the benefits of regenerative agriculture practices to achieve a more effective and sustainable management of pasture systems, while contributing to an improvement in the quality-health and biodiversity of the soil. This demonstration project is being carried out in areas with different agroclimatic characteristics and livestock-raising systems (dairy sheep and beef cattle), in three locations in the Basque Country and Navarre: Arkaute, Orduña and Roncesvalles. In this way, the project aims to contribute to the development and demonstration of approaches, innovative methods and tools, based on regenerative agriculture practices.

Main Objective:

The main objective of the project is to demonstrate the feasibility of regenerative practices and their beneficial effects on the quality of the soil, the environment and animal production, for later dissemination and transfer.

Secondary Objectives:
• To test regenerative practices (holistic management, planting perennial grass species with minimum tillage or direct seeding, use of organic fertilisers and planned grazing) as a sustainable alternative to conventional livestock-raising.
• To fine tune simple, rapid, inexpensive methodologies for evaluating soil quality, such as Agro-ecosystem Health Cards (AHCs) and chromatograms.
• To monitor the environmental and socio-economic impact of regenerative practices on farms.
• Raise awareness among different agents related to production systems based on the use of pastures and grazing of the benefits of regenerative practices.
• To contribute to the overall objectives of the CAP, and in particular those of the LIFE programme and the Thematic Strategy for Soil, generating knowledge and raising awareness on the importance of soil and biodiversity.