Preconference Field Trip

SOIL USE AND LANDSCAPE IN PERIURBAN AREAS

A one day circular trip around the city of Barcelona, visiting areas with land reclamation experiments in a previous limestone quarry, rainfed vineyards with soil conservation practices, and a farm with ecological agriculture. You will enjoy magnificent landscape views over the Mediterranean Sea and a visit to a winery with taste of local wines.

  • Date*: Saturday 10 June 2017
  • Site: Garraf, Penedès and Vallès regions in the surroundings of Barcelona
  • Cost: 80€ (includes transportation, guide, lunch and wine tasting)
  • Number of participants: 25 (minimum) – 45 (maximum)
  • Last dates for booking and paid registration: 15/02/2017

*Important notice: Participants in this field trip must plan to arrive in Barcelona the latest on Friday 9th June, because the departure of the trip is at 9:00h the 10th June, from the hotel Alimara, where the trip will also finish at 18:00h. Therefore it is recommended to make reservations (by yourself) at hotel Alimara (http://www.alimarahotel.com/ca/inici) (very well connected to downtown Barcelona by subway or bus) for the days 10 and 11 June. If you wish to stay in Barcelona on Sunday 11 for tourism, you are able to travel to Lleida every hour, any time before 21:50h, by fast train (1 hour travel).

Selection of congress field trip

Upon registration in CONSOWA (the same for the already registered participants), you may send an email with your first and second selection to:

The places will be reserved in strict order of reception of the selections by registered participants.

If you do not make the selection before 30 April 2017, you will be listed in any field trip with empty places.

Conference Field Trips (14 June 2017)

(Places will be reserved by strict order of reception of the selection with the paid registration)

Field trip 1: SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION UNDER TRADITIONAL AND RECENTLY TERRACED RAINFED VINEYARDS

Visit to the Priorat region, where some of the best red wines of the world are produced. Observation of the traditional and newly terraced rainfed vineyards on stony schists and loessic soils. Discussion of the contradictory effects of terracing on soil and water conservation and on wine production and quality. Visit to a wine cellar with taste of local wines. Visit to a typical village and castle ruins of the last stronghold of Muslims in Catalonia, with fantastic landscape and views, and to the ruins of a Middle Age Monastery, origin and center of the wine production in the Priorat region.

Site: Priorat region (lower Ebro basin)

Cost: Part of the general registration fees. Includes guide, transportation, lunch and visits.

Number of participants: 25 – 50 (if required may be increased to 80)


Field trip 2: SOIL AND WATER MANAGEMENT FOR INTENSIVE FRUIT CROP PRODUCTION UNDER IRRIGATION IN POOR QUALITY SOILS

Visit to commercial farms for fruit and wine grape production under irrigation in poor quality soils. Observation of the very special soil and water management practices. Taste of fruits in the field. Taste of wine in one of the largest wine cellars of Spain. Visit to a famous Middle Age Monastery.

Site: Cinca and Segre Valleys (Ebro Basin)

Cost: Part of the general registration fees. Includes guide, transportation, lunch and visits.

Number of participants: 25-50 (if required they may be increased to 80)


Field trip 3: SOIL MASS EROSION AND STREAM CONTROL SYSTEMS IN SLOPING MOUNTAINOUS AREAS

Visit to areas with old and active mass erosion processes, discussion of main causes and effects, and observation of some control measures. Beautiful mountain landscapes, and visit to very well preserved medieval villages and romanesque churches, declared Cultural World Heritage by UNESCO in the year 2000.

Site: Upper Noguera Ribagorzana Valley in the Central Pyrenees Range of Catalonia

Cost: Part of the general registration fees. Includes guide, transportation, lunch and visits.

Number of participants: 25 – 50 (if required they may be increased to 80)


Field trip 4: LAND USE AND SOIL EROSION PROCESSES IN PRE-PYRENEAN VALLEYS

Visit to areas with surface and mass soil erosion processes in the Tremp basin, with intensive agricultural and husbandry activities since roman times. Observation and discussion of geological and anthropogenic causes and effects, including sedimentation in local river dams. Visit to new planted vineyards in high lands in prevision of future climate changes.  Observation of outcrops with dinosaur fossils and visit to romanesque churches and roman remnants.

Site: Tremp basin in the pre-Pyrenean region, N of Lleida

Cost: Part of the general registration fees. Includes guide, transportation, lunch and visits.

Number of participants: 25 – 50 (if required they may be increased to 80)


Field trip 5: RECLAMATION AND AGRICULTURAL USE OF RECLAIMED SOILS

Visit to commercial farms with ecological production of corn, olives and wine grapes, under irrigation, in reclaimed lands on previously gravel mined areas. Visit to a large fruit juice production industry with taste of juices and to a wine cellar with taste of wines.

Site: Terraces of the Segre Valley in the surroundings of Lleida.

Cost: Part of the general registration fees. Includes guide, transportation, lunch and visits.

Number of participants: 25 – 50 (if required they may be increased to 80)

Post conference Field Trip

TRADITIONAL RAINFED AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS AND DESERTIFICATION PROCESSES IN SEMIARID VOLCANIC ISLANDS

A three days field trip to the volcanic Canary Islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, where there will be appreciated the unique traditional soil and rainfall water management systems for rain fed agriculture, still being used, with an average annual rainfall of 100-150 mm. Besides, areas with land desertification, erosion and sedimentation problems will be visited, derived from non appropriate land management. The quality of the wines produced from vineyards growing in volcanic soils will be enjoyed in a visit to one of the best wineries in the Lanzarote Island. Additionally there are going to be visits to places with high touristic attraction (volcanic landscapes, spectacular beaches, etc), that you may enjoy further if you decide to stay longer after the field trip.

  • Date: 17-19 June 2017
  • Site: Lanzarote and Fuerteventura Islands (Canary Islands, Spain)
  • Cost: 500€ (double room), 550€ (single room)

(Includes: Bus transportation from Lleida to Barcelona Airport on the 17th June. Air travel Barcelona-Lanzarote on the 17th June. Boat travel from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura on the 18th June. Air travel from Fuerteventura to Barcelona on the afternoon of 19th June. Two nights lodging (17, 18 June) in first class seafront hotels, including breakfast. Two meals in typical restaurants. Transport from the Fuerteventura hotel to the airport on the 19th June. Transport and visits in the two islands).

Important notice: Please notice that you have to arrange your travel plans from Barcelona after the trip, considering that your flight back to Barcelona airport (Terminal 1) from Fuerteventura will arrive approximately at 18:00 h the 19th June, unless you decide to stay more days in Barcelona, or in Fuerteventura or Lanzarote Islands. If this last option is the case, please let us know upon registration for the post-conference trip in order to make the flight reservation accordingly.

Number of participants: 25 (minimum) – 50 (maximum). Selection in strict order of paid registration.

Last day for paid reservation: 31/03/2017