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BrightSpace: Designing a Roadmap for Effective and Sustainable Strategies for Assessing and Addressing the Challenges of EU Agriculture to Navigate within a Safe and Just Operating Space

Project description

Increasing the contribution of EU agriculture to climate change action

The European Green Deal aims to increase the contribution of EU agriculture to climate change action, ensure a fair economic return for farmers, and improve the management of natural resources and the protection of biodiversity. EU agriculture is currently not on the right track to meet these objectives. The EU-funded BrightSpace project will explore the related synergies and trade-offs. It will develop an analytical toolbox to assess the effects of innovative technologies, governance structures and policies related to agriculture. Analyses of trade-off and synergies will take place within the framework of a safe and just operating space, where ‘safe’ refers to the biophysical boundaries of the ecosystem and ‘just’ to the requirements for the well-being of the people involved.

Objective

The European Green Deal, aims, among others, to increase the contribution of EU agriculture to climate change action, improve the management of natural resources, ensure a fair economic return for farmers, and reinforce the protection of biodiversity. EU agriculture and food practices are currently not on the right track to meet the Green Deal ambitions and objectives. These objectives are interdependent, and while often aligned, they may also compete. Synergies and trade-offs between socio-economic and environmental outcomes are brought together in the concept of a Safe and Just Operating Space (SJOS), where the Safe component reflects the bio-physical boundaries of the ecosystem and the Just component the requirements for the well-being of the involved people. Policy makers and opinion leaders often lack sufficient information to gauge the likely effects of a SJOS crises in their country. The BrightSpace collaboration responds to this challenge by designing effective and sustainable strategies to navigate within a SJOS. BrightSpace provides an analytical toolbox to experiment, analyse, and coordinate the effects of innovative technologies, governance structures, as well as short- and long-term policies related to agriculture, thereby allowing for the execution of consistent, coherent, and lasting strategies with the desired consequences. The project emphasises the diversity of challenges regarding the SJOS across countries and regions and delivers new empirical evidence on cause-effect relations between drivers and outcomes relevant for the SJOS. A harmonised data framework and modelling toolbox are developed for medium-term and forward-looking projections of possible SJOS futures by 2050 and beyond. The support for effective and sustainable actions will include the identification of critical pathways for technological, institutional and consumer-oriented options for EU policies in the areas of agriculture, climate change, trade, and energy.

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Net EU contribution
€ 1 952 642,50
Address
DROEVENDAALSESTEEG 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands

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Region
Oost-Nederland Gelderland Veluwe
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Total cost
€ 1 952 642,50

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