VERCOCHAR focuses on regeneration of soil affected by the phenomena derived from climate change and, to this end, it aims to incorporate organic residues transformed into agricultural and forest soils through simple methodologies based on biological (compost and vermicompost) and physical processes (biochar), to improve its physical-chemical and biological properties.

Thus, organic residues available in each area will be defined and analyzed, transformed products obtained and their effect on the properties of soils will be characterized, mainly on their capacity to retain water and carbon sequestration, in addition to assessing their capacity for regeneration of degraded and contaminated soils (previously identified). Innovative techniques that take advantage of local plant residues to promote reforestation will also be developed. All these actions will be combined with awareness-raising and training campaigns for local populations on soil conservation and regeneration strategies.

"Vermicompost, compost and biochar, tools for adaptation to climate change, prevention and mitigation of effects derived from natural risks in agricultural and forestry environment" is the title of the initiative that seeks to improve the adaptation and mitigation capacity of terrestrial ecosystems against climate change, mainly to favor greater water retention capacity and reduction of desertification, erosion and loss of soil due to runoff.

Main recipients of this initiative are farmers, agricultural companies and cooperatives, agricultural technicians, irrigation communities, managers and technicians of Island Water Councils, forest agents and technicians, environmental technicians, managers responsible for parks and golf course maintenance, which are directly affected by loss of quality and soil degradation.

Consortium is made up of 16 organizations from Canary Islands, Azores, Madeira, Cape Verde, Mauritania and Senegal. Canary Islands Institute of Technolgy (ITC) is one of the eight Canarian entities participating in initiative, under the coordination of  Canary Institute for Agricultural Research (ICIA), which acts as  line manager.

The project (with code MAC2/3.5b/307) is co-financed by the Interreg MAC 2014-2020 Cooperation Program, and corresponds to Axis 3 "Promoting adaptation to climate change and risk prevention and management".

VERCOCHAR is aligned with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the following being of special interest:

  • Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias (ICIA). Canarias. España.
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias, S.A. (ITC). Canarias. España.
  • Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). Canarias. España.
  • Universidad de La Laguna (ULL). Canarias. España.
  • Mancomunidad del Sureste de Gran Canaria. Canarias. España.
  • Radio ECCA. Canarias. España
  • Asociación para el Desarrollo Rural de la Isla de La Palma (ADER La Palma). Canarias, España
  • Cabildo Insular de Gran Canaria. Canarias. España.
  • Universidade dos Açores (UAc). Azores. Portugal.
  • Fundação Gaspar Frutuoso. Azores. Portugal
  • Universidade da Madeira (UMA). Madeira. Portugal.
  • Secretaria Regional de Agricultura e Desenvolvimento Rural. Madeira. Portugal.
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigação e Desenvolvimento Agrário (INIDA). Cabo Verde.
  • Direção Geral de Agricultura, Silvicultura e Pecuária (DGASP) – Ministério de Agricultura e Ambiente. Cabo Verde.
  • Institut Supérieur d’Enseignement Technologique (ISET). Mauritania.
  • Centre de Suivi Écologique (CSE). Senegal

September 2019 – August 2022 (36 months)

Main Objective:

Improve response of populations and ecosystems to the effects of climate change, facilitating regeneration of soils affected by erosion, drought, runoff or desertification and implementation of mitigation actions that favor an increase in resilience.

Specific objectives:

  1. Evaluate potential of transformed organic waste as a tool to combat soil degradation and loss, favoring carbon sequestration.
  2. Improve soil and its conservation through experimental application of transformed local organic waste, to reduce vulnerability of populations to natural risks.
  3. Strengthen capacities, qualify, inform and sensitize local population to the importance of soil, its management, regeneration, conservation and in establishment of mitigating and adaptive strategies to climate change