Project OPERA

The OPERA Project, within the framework of the Joint Action Activities ERA-NET Cofund WaterWorks 2015, has as main objective to integrate, apply and improve current techniques and technologies in precision irrigation, in parallel to the selection of crops under low water demand different conditions of current and future climate.

OPERA is based on a transdisciplinary approach focused on learning and the joint development of solutions with all relevant stakeholders.

The Technology-Based Company Evenor-Tech, together with the Irrigation and Crop Ecophysiology Group of the Higher Council of Scientific Research, is responsible for the Spanish case study, which addresses the problem of irrigated Andalusian olive groves along a gradient of climate and management.

For this case study, OPERA will have an impact on the Andalusian olive sector by:

  • The identification of specific local barriers that impede the transfer of research results to the practice of farmers and water managers.
  • The definition, adaptation and application of regulated deficit irrigation in Andalusian olive-growers, with the aim of achieving a sustainable balance between water savings and olive production.
  • The application of such methods at the regional level through the use of technologies of earth observation, territorial analysis and modeling.
  • The validation of methods at European level and the definition of goals and recommendations for policy makers.
  • The creation of a scalable, self-updating and friendly tool for farmers, irrigation organizations and policy makers.

On December 13, the 1st Participatory Workshop took place at the Casa de la Ciencia in Seville, which sought to strengthen the links and participation of the main stakeholders in order to implement appropriate strategies for the flow of information and the joint work.

The event was inaugurated by Dr. Miguel Ángel Ferrer Baena, Institutional Coordinator in Andalusia of the CSIC, who dedicated some words of welcome and the relevance of the OPERA project. Accompanying Mr. Miguel Ángel Ferrer during the welcome ceremony was Mr. Víctor Juan Cifuentes Sánchez, Head of the Hydrological Planning Office of the Guadalquivir Hydrographic Confederation; Ms. Cristina Cabeza Fernández, Head of the Agrifood Sector of the Knowledge Transfer Area of the Andalusian Agency of Knowledge; and Dr. María Anaya Romero, CEO of Evenor-Tech.

After the presentation of the case study by the researchers, Dr. Antonio Díaz Espejo, Principal Investigator at IRNAS-CSIC; and Dr. Sara Muñoz Vallés from Evenor-Tech, presented the current strategies and trends in irrigation of the olive grove by the invited researchers Dr. Ignacio Jesús Lorite Torres (IFAPA) and Dr. Ricardo Díaz Delgado (EBD-CSIC).

Finally, prior to the realization of participative work groups, the paper “Identification of technological solutions for precision irrigation. Needs and opportunities for the development and improvement of ICT tools “by M.Sc. Francisco José Blanco Velázquez, Technical Manager at Evenor-Tech.

The workshop was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, Andalusian Agency of Knowledge, Galpagro, Guadalquivir Hydrographic Confederation, Doñana Biological Station-CSIC, Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Seville-CSIC, IFAPA, JRC-ITPS Seville, AREDA, CENTA, TEPRO, AREDA, FERAGUA, ASAJA-Seville, Olivarera International, University of Seville, among other participants who showed interest and could not attend.

The Project receives funding from ERA-NET WaterWorks 2015, co-financed by the CDTI, MINECO and the Framework Program for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, of the European Union.

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Contact person: María Anaya Romero, [email protected]