The main objective of the SUBSED project is to demonstrate that it is possible to convert a waste (dredged marine sediment) into a resource (a commercial substrate) through the application of sustainable techniques, both from an environmental and an economic point of view. To achieve this goal, sediment-based substrates will be used in the nursery production of ornamental plants (laurel) and fruit trees (olive and citrus) and in the cultivation of non-food plants (protea, calla, laurel) and food (basil). , blueberry, forest strawberry and citrus).

Through the LIFE program, the European Union provides funding for projects to protect the environment and nature. The program was established in 1992 to support projects in the EU and in some candidate and neighboring countries.

The fourth phase of the program, LIFE , covers the period 2007-2013 and has a budget of € 2 143 million, of which at least 50% for projects for the protection of nature and biodiversity. The remainder is intended for environmental policy projects and awareness of environmental issues. Projects to protect nature and biodiversity aim to improve the protection of endangered species and habitats. Their purpose is to contribute to the implementation of the directives on birds and habitats and to the establishment of the Natura 2000 network of protected areas. These are pilot projects that pursue the EU’s goal of halting the loss of biodiversity. At the end of 2012, the LIFE program had co-financed over a thousand projects to protect nature and biodiversity, directly providing more than 1.5 billion euros since 1992 and mobilizing around 2.7 billion euros.

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