The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases is supported by a Secretariat, and led by the Special Representative. The GRA Council is the representative body of all Members and Partners which oversees all activities of the GRA and encourages greater global cooperation and knowledge sharing.
Dr. Esther Esteban Rodrigo
Dr. Esther Esteban Rodrigo is the Director of the Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA), Centro Nacional integrado en la Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Spain, and is the nominated Chair of the GRA Council for 2023–2024.
Mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change is one of Spain’s most important challenges. In recent times the country has experienced severe draughts which have had a detrimental effect on agricultural production. Availability of fresh water is being compromised in some municipalities. These extreme events are becoming more and more frequent in the Mediterranean area and science-based solutions are urgently required to actively overcome and address this difficult situation.
To date, Spain has been an active participant in GRA activities, with its involvement growing over the past few years. In particular, Spain co-chairs the Croplands Research Group, co-leads the Feed Additives Flagship project, and Spanish researchers are active cross the Research Groups and by hosting CLIFF-GRADS fellows.
Spain views the presidency role as providing an opportunity to strengthen their GRA participation and are working on a range of initiatives including an Agroforestry and Agroecology Flagship project, a new Mediterranean Network and supporting capability building advanced courses.
The GRA Chair role coincides with Spain also assuming the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (July-Dec 2023). It is envisaged that this will assist with Spain’s goal of further disseminating the GRA concept in national and international fora, in particular in Spain, Europe and Latin America.
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