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Land and Ecosystem Degradation and Desertification: Assessing the Fit of Responses

Objective

LEDDRA aims to advance the comprehensive study of the socio-environmental fit of responses to land and ecosystem degradation and desertification (LEDD) in various contexts. It adopts the ecosystem approach and an integrated methodology with continuous feedbacks between theory, methods and applications. It focuses on response assemblages (combinations of response types and prevailing environmental, socio-economic and institutional conditions that contribute to or detract from sustainable land management and societal welfare), the associated costs and benefits to diverse stakeholders, barriers to and opportunities for adoption, and knowledge transfer processes. Optimal response assemblages comprise coordinated, mutually supportive and complementary measures that preserve the ecological and the community resilience of affected areas. LEDDRA develops the theory of responses to LEDD, in general, and in cropland, grazing land and forests/shrubland, in particular, and the study of knowledge transfer for diverse stakeholder types. It negotiates the links between land degradation, ecosystem services decline and biodiversity change, the links between biophysical and human determinants, welfare impacts, and responses to drought (drought preparedness). It improves existing and develops new integrated methodologies for assessing the impacts and fit of various types of responses to LEDD and the socio-ecological vulnerability of affected regions, and for identifying response assemblages in different European and other cultural-institutional contexts drawing on applications in selected sites in EU and ICPC countries. It analyzes the policy context to offer recommendations for policy and land management actions at the international, EU and national levels. To better organize, show case, disseminate and add value to project results, a web-based information system will be developed to make findings accessible to a wide range of stakeholders with different levels of expertise.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP-SICA - Small/medium-scale focused research project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries(SICA)
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Coordinator

PANEPISTIMIO AIGAIOU
Address
Lofos Panepistimiou
81100 Mytilini
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 636 032,80
Administrative Contact
Panagiotis Tsokaros (Mr.)

Participants (10)

GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 275 053
Address
Iera Odos 75
118 55 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Costas Kosmas (Prof.)
STICHTING 3D ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 053
Address
Curtiuslaan 14
1851 AM Heiloo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anton Imeson (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 255 053
Address
Drake Circus
PL4 8AA Plymouth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
John Martin (Dr.)
FONDAZIONE MEDES
Italy
EU contribution
€ 325 686,90
Address
Contrada San Licandro 1
84029 Sicignano Degli Alburni
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Giovanni Quaranta (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA BASILICATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 271 053
Address
Via Nazario Sauro 85
85100 Potenza
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luigi Cassese (Mr.)
ECOLOGIC INSTITUT gemeinnützige GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 272 723
Address
Pfalzburger Strasse 43-44
10717 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Daniela Tings (Ms.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 256 240
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carlos Manuel Abad Ruiz (Mr.)
CHANGJIANG RIVER SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE
China
EU contribution
€ 132 300
Address
Huangpudajie 23
430010 Wuhan
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pingchang Zhang (Prof.)
INSTITUT AGRONOMIQUE ET VETERINAIRE HASSAN II
Morocco
EU contribution
€ 132 300
Address
Avenue Allal El Fassi Madinat Al
10101 Rabat
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ahmed El Aich (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 250 546
Address
Avenida Blasco Ibanez 13
46010 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angeles Sanchis Polo (Ms.)