BC3. Basque centre for climate change – Klima aldaketa ikergai


Innovation for Sustainable Sheep and Goat Production in Europe Logo isage

iSAGE will enhance the sustainability, competitiveness and resilience of the European Sheep and Goat sectors through collaboration between industry and research. iSAGE have a powerful consortium with 18 industry representatives from various EU production systems and socio-economic contexts. The sheep and goat sector will be investigated because it is sensitive to general socio-economic, demographic, and ecological and market challenges; nevertheless, the project’s approach and results will be made available and disseminated to other EU livestock industries. Therefore, at the core of iSAGE is a participatory approach centered on a multi-actor internal and external communication (WP) to build the project from the farmer level.

This approach will ensure relevant issues are addressed and the project outcomes are applicable in practice and create a farm-level observatory and knowledge exchange network on the sustainability of livestock. This WP will also assist three assessment work packages that will deal with the sustainability assessment of sheep and goat farm systems and related supply chains, with socio-economic demographic and consumer trend analyses, and with the impacts of climate change. Assessment WPs will inform action WPs that will: (1) redesign holistic farming systems to best reconcile the various demands concerning productivity, sustainability and societal values. (2) identify industry solutions that aim to improve sustainability and productivity of sheep and goat systems through breeding, including new phenotypes linked to sustainable animal productivity. iSAGE, together with stakeholders and end-users, will draft a roadmap for further research and policy making. The stakeholder groups will be the key players in disseminating project outputs through case studies and demonstrations to act as a blueprint to other producers across Europe and create networks to assist wider implementation of iSAGE outputs.

Start date: March 2016

End date: February 2020

Call: Horizon 2020-H2020-SFS-2015-2

Partners in iSAGE:

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki -Coordinator 

Kentro Genetikis Beltiosis Zoon Neas Mesimvrias

LEVER S.A. Development Consultants LEVER

Agricultural Cooperative of Pieria Sheep and Goat Farmers

Agricultural Livestock Cooperative of Western Greece

Luke- National Resource Institute Finland

ProAgria Association of Rural Advisory Centers

 Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique

L’Institut de l’Elevage


Comite National Brebis Laitieres

 European Federation of Animal Science

Universita Politecnica delle Marche

Istituto per la Certificazione Etica ed Ambientale

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza /International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic

Instituto Nacional de Investigacion y Tecnologia Agraria y Alimentaria

Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

Basque Centre for Climate Change – Klima

Carnes Oviarogon SCL

CABRANDALUCIA Federacion Andaluza de Asociaciones de Ganado Caprino de Raza Pura


 Asociación Nacional de Criadores de Ganado Ovino Selecto de Raza Manchega

 Asociacion Espanola de Criadores de Ovino Selecto de Raza Lacaune

Nigde University

Ataturk University

Pan Hayvancilik Gida Sanayi Tic LTD

Red Rock Agricultural Pastoral Tarim Limited Sirketi

Gaziantep Ili Damizlik Koyun Keçi Yetistiricileri Birligi

Scotland’s Rural College

Organic Research Centre

 National Sheep Association

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Yorkshire Dairy Goats

Key people involved in BC3:

Dr. Agustin del Prado

Guillermo Pardo  

iSAGE website: www.isage.eu

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This project has received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovations programme under grant agreement Nº 679302


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