The Côa Valley, in northeastern Portugal, has strong cultural ties to the
agrarian sector. In the Côa region, vineyards and olive trees account
for nearly 10% of the total land use area. Permanent grasslands account
for 2% and all cereal crops, such as wheat and maize account for 12%.
Other important tree crops include chestnuts (0.6%) and almonds (0.2%).
These numbers highlight the fact that agriculture is the economic base
of this region, which is considered World Heritage Site by UNESCO since
The aforementioned crops are highly influenced by climatic factors,
which largely control the agricultural suitability of a given region to
cultivate a specific crop. Hence, climate change is also expected to
have significant impacts on agriculture. The CoaClimateRisk project aims
to assess the climate change forcing on the main crops in the Côa
Valley. The information delivered by this project is of utmost relevance
for stakeholders from the agricultural sector of the Côa Valley, as it
will allow to develop and promote suitable measures to mitigate climate
change risks. These stakeholders are already in close cooperation with
the project and, such as our project partners from the agri-food sector,
ADVID and SOGRAPE, the Côa Parque foundation and the University of
Minho, the project aims at valorising the Côa Valley natural patrimony.
ADVID - Associação para o Desenvolvimento da Viticultura Duriense; SOGRAPE Vinhos S.A.; Fundação Côa Parque; University of Minho.