The Magic Project – Final Event

1st – 3rd of December 2021

The virtual event “Marginal lands for Growing Industrial Crops: Turning a burden into an opportunity” will present and discuss relevant findings of the Magic project.

The event will take place in cooperation with the Horizon 2020 projects Becool and and Bike

More information you can find here

MaiL Workshop

The MaiL Workshop “The potential of Marginal Lands as carbon sink in
Europe” brings together various communities interested in numerous
topics related to marginal lands, as identification, analysis,
management, carbon sequestration capacity, afforestation planning, etc.

In order to participate you should register here

You can find the workshop agenda here


Press note – 1st project meeting

On October 22nd, 2019 the 1st meeting of the MAIL project took place in Soria, at the premises of Cesefor Foundation.
During the first day, representatives from all consortium partners discussed the progress achieved during the first year of the project. The most important topics were related to marginal lands, inter alia their definition, detection methodology development, sustainable development and potentialities of emerging stock exchange markets for carbon transactions.
During the second day of the meeting, discussions were focused on forming the work plan for the year 2020, including secondments, research activities, pilot case studies, dissemination, and awareness. In the afternoon the Cesefor Foundation has organized a field trip to show examples of marginal lands in Soria and ongoing restoration projects.

During these two days, 11 people from 6 entities (AUTH, HOMEOTECH, Cesefor, IABG, UPV, CBK PAN) participated in meetings and presentations.

“MAIL” Kick-off meeting in Brussels

On January 16th, 2019 the kick-off meeting of MAIL project (Identifying Marginal Lands in Europe and strengthening their contribution potentialities in a CO2 sequestration strategy) took place in Brussels.

Its main objective is to detect marginal lands, to classify them and to evaluate their potential use as carbon sinks into the European Union. Indicatively, marginal lands might be abandoned lands, unproductive lands, degraded lands, barren lands, contaminated lands, etc. 

The project focuses at mountainous and semi-mountainous Marginal Lands in order to avoid conflict with the agro food sector.

The project team is consisted by:

  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH)  Coordinator
  • Cesefor Foundation

The project is founded by EU Research and Innovation programme “Horizon 2020”. Particularly by Marie Skłodowska-Curie/ RISE action (International and inter-sectoral cooperation through the Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges) where its implementation is based on specialized personnel secondments. 

The project is fully founded with total budget of 800,400.00 €. Officially started in 01/01/2019 with 36 months duration.