Bottom up Adaptation Strategies for a Sustainable Europe

Video: Adaptation with 'Keyline'

BASE partners FFCUL have produced a video to inform audiences about an  innovative agricultural adaptation measure called 'Keyline'. The video can be viewed here (Please click 'CC' for subtitles).

Keyline was one of the implementated adaptation measures identified in interviews with farmers in the Alentejo case study in Portugal. This measure was also analysed using a Participatory MultiCriteria analysis in a BASE workshop within the context of the case study research activities.

Photo by Catarina Joaquim and Carlos Simões

Keyline design is a technique for maximizing beneficial use of water resources of a piece of land. The Keyline refers to a specific topographic feature linked to water flow. Beyond that however, Keyline can be seen as a collection of design principles, techniques and systems for development of rural and urban landscapes. Keyline design was developed in Australia by farmer and engineer P. A. Yeomans, and described and explained in his books The Keyline Plan, The Challenge of Landscape, Water For Every Farm and The City Forest.

The video explains the aims of Keyline, its advantages and disadvantages, and its relevance to climate adaptation. The film was produced by FFCUL with the participation of individuals participating in a course about Keyline: Professor Elsa Sampaio; Farmer José Parreira; Permaculture Designer André Carvalho; Researcher Hugo Oliveira; Keyline course trainer Jesus Ruiz.


Directors: André Vizinho and Hugo Costa

Editor: Hugo Costa

Camera, sound and interviews: André Vizinho (with support from interviewees)

Subtitles by Marcos Pais, Subtitle revision Inês Campos


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