CLIMED-FRUIT aims to share knowledge ready for practice, collected from different Operational Groups (OG) across Europe, for a better adaptation to climate change and mitigation, in perennial crops in the Mediterranean Area (grape vine, olive, fruits). The project builds on the results of a core group of 9 OG coordinated by a multi-actor consortium members (advisors, farmer organisations, research and education institutes, standardisation organisation), covering several Mediterranean crops in 7 different countries (France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Serbia). Best practices collected and shared range from (i) soil conservation and carbon storage, (ii) improving resilience of crops facing climatic hazards (frost, hail), (iii) innovative practices for adapting water stress management, (iv) adaption of food chain processes to climate change and diversification, and (v) preserving biodiversity for a better resilience to climate change issues and pests. These groups will share their experience through a combination of innovative digital formats, cross-visits and interactive local dissemination events. In addition, new knowledge and practices will be gathered more widely by organising an open contest. Participants from other European projects, other EIP OGs or even international projects from the Mediterranean area will be invited to propose abstracts. The most applicable solutions will bež selected and pitched in a broad online conference. Participants will be invited to rank the best presentations according to cost/benefit ratio, which will then be widely disseminated and shared. Social media channels, videos, podcasts, crowd writing contests will be used to spread the knowledge. Specific editorial partnerships will be established with most popular technical reviews. The network will host a forum to capitalise on existing OG experiences and aims to foster new OGs to spread and explore new practical knowledge in relation to adaptation to climate change.

In a nutshell, CLIMED-FRUIT has the following specific objectives (SO):

● SO1: build a network of OGs, based on 5 sub-topics, provide feed-back from stakeholders who are already experienced OGs
● SO2: collect results obtained from a core group of 9 Operational Groups (OGs), and OG and projects outside the consortium, related to strategies to adapt and increase the resilience to climate change in the perennialcrops in Mediterranean area in 5 main sub-topics
● SO3: select and shape the information according to the targeted stakeholders (scientists, agronomists, advisors, farmers, citizens, policy makers) and their applicability (usefulness, readiness, cost/benefit).
● SO4: translate the most significant informative documents into the 7 languages most used in the EU Mediterranean area (English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Croatian), enabling wide access
to practitioners
● SO5: share useful information with findings from European and international (i.e. North Africa) research and innovation, especially multi-actor projects and private initiatives and enable cross fertilization among
OGs, other EU projects and amongst agricultural sectors (grape, olive, citrus, nuts …)
● SO6: disseminate the documents through diversified forms and media, choosing the most effective for each category of stakeholders. A communication and dissemination plan will be closely monitored, and
partnerships with the most popular journals or magazines will be set up.
● SO7: promote peer learning amongst farmers and advisors through cross visits and cross fertilisation, and strengthen advisory role as a knowledge transfer facilitator
● SO8: feed EU repositories and initiatives, in particular EIP Agri and CAP networks, to share better the knowledge collected by OGs on climate resilience for perennials and inform farmers on innovation
● SO9: foster and support the creation of new OGs on the topic, especially in countries where so far OGs on the topic are not implemented.