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Addressing Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture: Adaptation Measures For Six Crops in Cyprus

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Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Agricultural Research Institute, 1516 Nicosia, Cyprus
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Laboratory of Entomology and Agricultural Zoology, Department of Agriculture, Crop Production and Rural Environment, University of Thessaly, 38221 Volos, Greece
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Atmosphere 2020, 11(5), 483; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11050483
Received: 7 April 2020 / Revised: 28 April 2020 / Accepted: 7 May 2020 / Published: 9 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Adaptation of Cyprus Agriculture to Climate Change)
The agricultural sector of Cyprus is seriously affected by climate change impacts. In the framework of the ADAPT2CLIMA project, the available techniques and methods implemented worldwide for the adaptation of six crops (wheat, barley, potatoes, tomatoes, grapes, and olives) to climate change impacts were thoroughly assessed. The identified adaptation options were categorized according to the climate change impact they address as follows: measures against drought stress, heat stress, decreasing plant health, extreme weather events and reduced crop productivity. Another category that refers to measures that address more than one category of climate change was also added. The evaluation of the identified adaptation options was based on a self-administered semi-structured questionnaire. The identified adaptation measures were graded according to the following criteria: efficiency of the measure, urgency of implementing the measure, usefulness of implementation irrespective of climate change, technical difficulty, contribution to climate change adaptation, economic viability and social acceptance. Fifty-six respondents (experts and stakeholders) filled the questionnaire, suggesting twelve recommended adaptation measures (with high score ≥ 60%), which mainly refer to irrigation adaptation measures, cultural practices, and methods for upgrading external services to farmers. The recommended adaptation measures for Cyprus are thoroughly presented and discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate resilience; crops; Mediterranean agriculture; irrigation measures climate resilience; crops; Mediterranean agriculture; irrigation measures
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Markou, M.; Moraiti, C.A.; Stylianou, A.; Papadavid, G. Addressing Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture: Adaptation Measures For Six Crops in Cyprus. Atmosphere 2020, 11, 483.

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