The commune of Welkenraedt in the province of Liège in Belgium has developed a comprehensive plan for climate adaptation, incorporating agroforestry projects as one of its key strategies for doing so.
Understanding the effectiveness of these agroforestry projects in delivering on Welkenraedt’s climate adaptation plan involves assessing how these projects perform under different climate scenarios. For that, the best-in-class data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) was integrated into our SAVi assessment for the Belgian commune.
These agroforestry projects have sought to maintain and restore soil productivity, combat erosion, maintain high water quality, and strengthen the climate resilience of the area. Our assessment brought together data from Welkenraedt on aspects such as the location of these projects and the ecosystem services they provide, among others, both to set a baseline scenario and simulate what an agroforestry intervention will look like.
The C3S data was applied to this agroforestry intervention to see how different climate scenarios affect the outcome. We have included, for instance, data related to rainfall, air temperature, and wind changes.