Farmers and stakeholders from study areas will be the actors in the center of the project OPTIMUS PRIME (1) by describing the green measures that they have implemented, (2) by discussing configuration and ecological services quantification and maps, (3) by collaborating in scenario development, (4) by comparing current economic returns with the ones resulting from the patch configurations under the various scenarios, (5) by experimenting and disseminating the tools developed. This will be achieved in multiple participatory workshops.
The outputs of the different scenarios and storylines, developed in A5, will be presented to farmers for analysis and discussed with them for identifying the best trajectories of crops, EFA and ecosystem services, considering the agricultural policies and trends. The results for the two irrigated valleys will be compared, as they encompass different approaches of water and land management.
The agriculture administration will accompany the projects activities and invited to the workshops. They will follow the project developments and activities, while invited to take part in the participatory actions and will be able to extrapolate and use results country-wide. The last Milestone of the project is a Policy Brief for agriculture authorities concerning recommendations for greening activities.
Using the project outputs concerning the characteristics of the crop area and the crop type, the shopping basket developed of possible greening measures and green configurations, the indirect and direct costs of such measures and the desired goals in area and biodiversity benefits, we will develop an EFA calculator to guide the farmer in the greening measures and options.