Closing Event of the AGRATéR Project – Brief Summary
The AGRATér project (EEA-C12-12, Extension of NAGiS to the agri-sector), was held on 21 December 2015 in the great auditorium of the Institute of Soil Sciences and Agrochemistry of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The event was opened by Mr. György Várallyay from the Academy of Sciences. He expressed his great satisfaction to be able to implement such projects within the framework of his Department (Centre for Agricultural Research), considering that climate change is no longer fiction but part of our everyday lives. In his presentation he gave plenty of examples how climate change affects soil and its water content.
Mrs. Szigeti Márta Bonifert, the Regional Environmental Center's (REC) executive director has also greeted the participants. The REC as Fund Operator attributes great importance to research into climate change adaptation. In this context, this project has greatly contributed to deepening our knowledge of the subject in Hungary.
After the opening speeches Ms. Judit Bálint, expert from the Regional Environmental Center introduced the Adaptation to Climate Change Programme. The primary purpose of this programme is to improve the understanding of climate change effects and vulnerability of Hungary.
Mr. Péter Krajner, project manager from the National Adaptation Center of the Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary, introduced the Establishment of the National Adaptation Geoinformatic System (NAGiS) project. He highlighted that the NAGiS’s main objective is to establish a multi-functional geoinformatic system to support policy and decision-making and the development of measures to adapt to climate change in Hungary.
Four presenters covered the achieved research and development results in AGRATéR.
Nándor Fodor, project manager and professional leader of AGRATéR has covered the main tasks undertaken as well as the concrete objectives of the project. He introduced in detail the exposure, sensitivity, forecasted affectability, adaptation and vulnerability indicators relating to agriculture and plant cultivation. He also showed country maps derived from these indicators.
Ferenc Horváth, research team leader from the Ecological and Botanical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences has reported about the modelling and climatic vulnerability of the ecosystems services of semi-natural grasslands and forests. Gábor Illés, senior expert of the Forest Research Institute of the National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre has covered the indicator development work relating to forest management. He showed the relating database and the mapping works. András Molnár, head of department of the Agricultural Economics Research Institute presented in detail the indicators for climate change adaptation, which were developed during the course of the project.
Following these presentations informal talks were established among the present experts, in which the achieved achievements and the potential future cooperation opportunities were discussed.
Finally Mr. György Várallyay said a few words about present and future research opportunities, as well as about the importance of their practical applicability.