Olive is a strategic crop in the Mediterranean area, one of the hot spots of global climate change. The future will bring drought, heat waves, torrential rainfall and flood events as well as a shifting pattern of incidence of pests and diseases that will also increase the vulnerability of crops and communities.


5 reasons to attend this course

Have an overview of climate change trends in the olive growing areas.
Better understand the impact of climate change on olive growing.
Be aware of available models and tools to support informed decision making.
Acquire knowledge on how to select variety traits to better adapt to the changing conditions of different environments.
Learn about management strategies towards reduction of GHG emissions and enhancement of carbon sinks.
Gain a critical perspective of possible management strategies for adaptation.
Get to know professionals and key actors in IOC member countries, exchange experiences and strengthen cooperation to deal with climate change in olive and enhance networking for planning mitigation and adaptation strategies among key actors in IOC member countries.


Live sessions and applied examples, case studies and a round table discussion

22 Leading international experts

English, French or Spanish will be the working languages of the course and simultaneous interpreting will be provided.


  • 0. Welcome from organizing institutions (0.5 hours)
  • 1. Current situation and perspectives of olive growing (1 hour)
    • 1.1. Olive growing global distribution and trends
    • 1.2. Main strengths and threats for olive growing
  • 2. Climate change context and policy (1 hour)
    • 2.1. Status of Climate Change and potential role of agriculture to meet Paris Agreement expectations
    • 2.2. Meeting sustainable intensification with Nationally Determined Contribution targets
    • 2.3. Climate change scenarios and challenges for olive growing
  • 3. Olive biophysical aspects affected by climate change (8 hours)
    • 3.1. Phenology
      • 3.1.1. Flowering monitoring
      • 3.1.2. Flowering patters and temperature
      • 3.1.3. Phenology variability and plasticity
    • 3.2. Evapotranspiration
    • 3.3. Water use efficiency and water balance
    • 3.4. Yield
    • 3.5. Olive products’ quality
    • 3.6. Pest and diseases
    • 3.7. Sensors for olive orchard and weather characterization
    • 3.8. Modelling as a tool to understand processes and interactions
  • 4. Mitigation of climate change (3 hours)
    • 4.1. Carbon sequestration
    • 4.2. Good practices to mitigate climate change
    • 4.3. Environmental assessment
      • 4.3.1. Carbon Footprint
      • 4.3.2. IOC Carbon Footprint tool
      • 4.3.3. Other assessment schemes
  • 5. Adaptation of olive growing to climate change (6 hours)
    • 5.1. Irrigation management
    • 5.2. Cover crop management
    • 5.3. Pruning severity
    • 5.4. Variety adaptation
      • 5.4.1. Selection and breeding for adapted varieties
      • 5.4.2. Adaptation of selected varieties in new olive growing areas
  • 6. Case studies (6 hours)
    • 6.1. How to forecast flowering and production using models in the context of global warming
    • 6.2. Application of a process-based model: OliveCan
    • 6.3. Integration of experimentation and modelling for assessing impacts of climate change in Southern Spain
    • 6.4. Simulation of olive yields in Portuguese areas under climate change scenarios
    • 6.5. Adaptation challenges of olive growing in new climates
  • 7. Round table discussion: adaptation and mitigation measures in local, regional and national level and international coordination (2 hours)

Train at an outstanding international institution


If you wish to participate in the course, apply online at the following address: www.admission.iamz.ciheam.org

The course is designed for 35* participants with a university degree and is aimed at public and private planners and decision makers, agronomists, environmentalists, technical advisors and experts from R&D institutions involved in the management of the environmental effects on olive growing in a context of climate change.

*The number of admissions can be increased to attend lectures only and excludes the practical work on prospection design.

The course will be held from 27 September to 1 October 2021 in 5 sessions from 9:15h to 12:15h and from 14:00h to 17:00h (Central European Time).

Application deadline: 3 September 2021. The deadline may be extended for candidates not applying for a scholarship if there are free places available.

Registration fees for the course amount to 400 euro.
Candidates from IOC member countries (Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Egypt, European Union, Georgia, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Turkey and Uruguay), who wish to apply for scholarships covering registration fees must contact the IOC delegate in their country expressing their interest and providing their curriculum vitae and supporting certifications.
Candidates from other countries who require financial support should apply directly to other national or international institutions.

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza

Av. Montañana 1005, 50059 Zaragoza, Spain



+34 976716000

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