Project Actions

Project Actions

Action 1: PROJECT MANAGEMENT & MONITORING

This action will ensure that all project activities are being carried out according to the planned time-table and financial provisions, their output is consistent with the project's scope and specific objectives and is of high quality; sharing of information among project partners is effective; the finances of the project are properly managed; progress minutes and other material to be made available to all partners through the project's web-portal are prepared in due time; reporting to the EC on project progress is effective. Moreover the action will measure and document the effectiveness of project actions vis-a-vis objectives and expected results.

Action 2: PREPARATION ACTIVITIES - SITE PREPARATION & PROTOTYPE UNIT CONSTRUCTION

Project proposes the use of a three components system for minimizing water & energy consumption in agriculture, shallow geothermal component, water recycling unit (concentrator) and the greenhouse. These components need to be calibrated and adapted to each location. For geothermal component the preparatory activities include selection of energy transfer method, site preparation and definition of geothermal usage for energy savings. For the greenhouse component preparatory activities include greenhouse type and cover material selection and automation design. Finally water recycling unit (concentrator) has to be designed according to geothermal and greenhouse parameters. For all equipment tenders will be prepared and carried out.

Construction of the prototype unit requires the geothermal installation. Geothermal drilling will take place in the land parcel where the greenhouse will be placed. The greenhouse will be fully automated and remote control functionality will be installed. Automation will include all horticulture functionality plus control on geothermal installation and water recycling component. A meteorological station will be installed to monitor and evaluation of system's performance.

Action 3: TESTING & PRODUCTION PERIODS - DEMONSTRATION OF TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL VIABILITY

Testing period will insure that equipment and procedures are working as initially designed. The horticulture production is very fragile and sensitive; hence it is important that sufficient tests are carried out, in order to minimize risk of failure in the planned production efforts. Tests will include equipment testing, unit - equipment fine tuning, consideration of regional factors (climate, soil, water resources) and remote control testing. Also all procedure including geothermal usage and water recycling will be calibrated.

Due to the fragile nature of horticulture production it is necessary to test in real production the proposed system. This testing serves a dual purpose. On the one hand, it demonstrates the technical and financial viability of the proposed practices (an issue of great importance if a large number of farmers is to be convinced to use this innovative production system) and on the other hand it allows for local adjustments to be made on the proposed system. During the 'Production period', all necessary information on the critical parameters of the geothermal component and on the ability of the system to recycle and preserve water in a closed thermodynamic system will be gathered. Also the environmental parameters of the system and the benefits of its use will be quantified. Moreover, several horticulture species will be cultivated. Cultivation will take place at least three times per product and during different seasons. The purpose of these repetitions is to demonstrate the stability in production of the prototype unit and the high productivity of the proposed agricultural method. Partners will demonstrate technical and financial viability.

Action 4: COMMUNICATION STRATEGY &EFFECTIVE DISSEMINATION OF PROJECT DELIVERABLES

The action executes a comprehensive communication plan for promoting water recycling and preservation through advertisement/advertorials, press releases, project brochures, newsletters, website, buntings and leaflets. These strategies will create strong coverage for the project to reach the respective target groups and ensure the project outputs, results and outcomes to be replicated collectively to the target groups and final beneficiaries. Moreover, partners will also participate at similar commercialization events (conference/ exhibition/ seminar) for promoting the project and establish contacts with stakeholders. Additionally all project activities with information dissemination nature such as conference. Demonstrating to potential users on the prototype is the most effective method of communication with stakeholders. Demonstration will help new users to understand the necessity of water preservation and high quality agricultural products. Common Agricultural Policy is of great interest to stakeholders, but still it is not common knowledge the obligations and benefits by the implementation of CAP.

Action 5: AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ON AGRICULTURE ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE

The aim of this action is to ensure that project progress and outputs are disseminated as effectively as possible and to stimulate environmental awareness in order to promote sustainable water use in agricultural sector after the end of the project. Especially project aims to stakeholders that are highly influenced by Common Agriculture Policy adoption. All partners will participate in this action.

Action 6: After Life Communication Plan

The "After-LIFE Communication Plan" will be a separate chapter of the final report, containing information on how TEI Larissa and the associate beneficiaries of the project plan to continue disseminating and communicating the results of the project after the latter ends.