On March 4th, SOSTRICE project received the visit of the LIFE Programme external monitoring team in IAT headquarters (Seville). During this meeting, different representatives from AINIA, CITAGRO, CTAER, LUDAN and IAT shared with the Project Officer assigned to the project, Filipa Ferrao, the major activities developed during the first nine months of the project, thus showing the degree of technical and financial progress to date and the tasks planned for the coming months.
It is to highlight the activities carried out for the selection of the plot where the anaerobic digestion prototype, designed by LUDAN with the support of AINIA, will be installed. Both centers have also been working on the design of the model for the anaerobic digestion of the rice straw, in which most appropriate strategies for managing rice straw from the technical, economic and logistical approaches are being studied. Additionally, CTAER has been working on the design of the combustion prototype and most appropriate strategies for its implementation.
In parallel, CITAGRO has been working on a characterization study about the methods for rice production in the area of ’Las Marismas del Guadalquivir’ where, through the establishment of a collaboration agreement with farmers in the area, a number of plots where the field tests will take place during 2015 and 2016 seasons have been selected. IAT, apart from mentioning all management and communication activities of the project, they showed all the activities carried out in relation to the monitoring of the environmental and socio-economic impacts of project actions, for which all the activities related to each of the scenarios to be evaluated have already been defined, as well as the environmental and socio-economic aspects associated to these activities, which will be measured through a system of indicators along the project. This will allow measuring the environmental benefit derived from the implementation of both innovative processes for the valorisation of rice straw (anaerobic digestion and combustion).
In general terms, the project is progressing as planned and expected results and deliverables have been produced achieved in due time and with sufficient quality. The tasks planned for next months have been planned by the partnership, who will continue working in coordination as they have been doing to date.