IOC participation in COP22 and Seminar

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The IOC will participate in COP22, which will be held from 7 to 18 November 2016 in Marrakech. The Conference of the Parties (COP) is an annual conference on climate change organised under the auspices of the United Nations.

The twenty-second conference (COP22) will focus on the mitigation of the effects of global warming and innovation in relation to climate change. The IOC will present its paper “Olive oil: the liquid gold helping reduce greenhouse gases” on 16 November from 9.00 to 10.30 hours, in the Green Zone area for side events.

The IOC will present results that indicate that when the proper agricultural practices are applied, the carbon sink effect (i.e. CO2 sequestration) of the olive tree (in its biomass and the soil) is much higher than the greenhouse gases emitted to produce one production unit (one litre of virgin or extra virgin olive oil).

The IOC will hold a seminar in collaboration with CIHEAM on the bacterium Xylella Fastidiosa from 28 to 30 November 2016 in Bari (Italy)

The objectives of the seminar, in addition to providing an overview of the current situation and the development of this disease, are to produce recommendations and conclusions and draft a technical handbook containing general guidance to prevent, identify, contain and control an infestation like that of Xylella fastidiosa.

This handbook will be decisive for the implementation of all the protocols available to protect the olive tree from this bacterium and will be a useful instrument, not only for the relevant control and certification authorities, but also for sectoral technical officers.

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