In view of the conditions inherent to the constraints of the low-density territories in the Centro Region, and their high vulnerability to the various climate change scenarios, it is essential to approach the territory in a disruptive and differentiated manner. In this context, only through a holistic vision, which integrates the environmental, social and economic dimensions, is it possible to value the endogenous genetic resources of the Centro Region and the processes that support them, and thus leverage in a sustainable way the Agri-food sector.
The Integrated Program CULTIVAR aims to respond to the challenges faced by the sectors of the Agri-food sector in the Centro Region, namely to characterize, conserve and valorize endogenous regional genetic resources in low density areas, through a strategy of territorial development, promoting and consolidating collaboration between science, technology and higher education institutions and the Agri-food cluster.
To implement a methodological strategy for research and innovative development based on a holistic vision of agroecosystems as a support tool for decision processes based on the following specific objectives:
• To conserve and enhance the endogenous genetic resources of the Centro Region, promoting the sustainability and resilience of agroecosystems in a context of global change;
• To identify new applications and contexts of use of plant species and varieties, enhancing and promoting the associated value chains
Biophysical characterization of the territory and its socio-economic and demographic dynamics
Evaluation and monitoring of ecosystem services relevant to selected endogenous natural genetic resources
Characterization of the innovative potential of endogenous natural genetic resources
Characterization of endogenous natural genetic resources in landscape windows
Sustainable valorization of selected endogenous natural genetic resources
Dissemination of Knowledge and Results