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Understanding and improving the sustainability of agro-ecological farming systems in the EU

Objective

The overarching objective of UNISECO is to strengthen the sustainability of EU farming systems, through co-constructing practice-validated strategies and incentives for the promotion of improved agro-ecological approaches. We will enhance the understanding of socio-economic and policy drivers and barriers for further development and implementation of agro-ecological approaches in EU farming systems to identify and facilitate more effective management strategies for European agriculture. This requires a wider systems perspective, considering socio-economic, ecological and political settings at a territorial level. We will operationalise a socio-ecological systems framework that integrates external settings into a sustainability assessment of farming systems, paying particular attention to the role of different types of actors and their roles in sub-systems. UNISECO will provide a methodological toolkit to assess the environmental, economic and social impacts of innovative strategies and incentives for agro-ecological approaches in EU farming systems at farm and territorial levels. The methodological toolkit will be tested in participatory case studies in 15 European countries with different biophysical, socio-economic and socio-cultural contexts of farming systems. UNISECO is committed to a genuine transdisciplinary process, reflected in consortium composition of stakeholder and scientific partners, and the emphasis on multi-actor engagement. Group learning processes, integrating practical and theoretical knowledge, will benefit scientists, stakeholders and end-users through improved understanding on how to strengthen sustainability of EU farming systems. UNISECO addresses the work programme topic SFS-29-2017 and contributes to Sustainable Food Security by identifying and supporting farming systems that enable the production of healthy food while preserving the environment and bringing added value to farm households and the different stakeholders of the value chain.

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2017-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

JOHANN HEINRICH VON THUENEN-INSTITUT, BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER LAENDLICHE RAEUME, WALD UND FISCHEREI
Address
Bundesallee 50
38116 Braunschweig
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 567 000

Participants (17)

CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 364 718,75
Address
Via Po 14
00198 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 205 275
Address
Iera Odos 75
118 55 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 396 137,50
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 350 217,50
Address
Errol Road Invergowrie
DD2 5DA Dundee
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 267 261
Address
King's College Regent Walk
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT SUPERIEUR D'AGRICULTURE RHONE ALPES I.S.A.R.A
France
EU contribution
€ 275 272,50
Address
23 Rue Jean Baldassini
69007 Lyon
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BALTIJAS VIDES FORUMS
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 151 175
Address
Antonijas Iela 3-8
LV-1010 Riga
Activity type
Other
BALTIJOS APLINKOS FORUMAS VSI
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 185 650
Address
Uzupio Str 9/2-17
01202 Vilnius
Activity type
Other
FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 536 125
Address
Ackerstrasse 113
5070 Frick
Activity type
Research Organisations
GEONARDO ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIESLTD
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 297 250
Address
Zahony U 7
1031 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LUONNONVARAKESKUS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 381 781,25
Address
Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 286 718,75
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GESTION AMBIENTAL DE NAVARRA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 203 251,25
Address
Calle Padre Adoain 219 Bajo
31015 Pamplona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASOCIATIA WWF PROGRAMUL DUNARE CARPATI ROMANIA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 122 343,75
Address
Bd. Tudor Vladimirescu 29 Sector 5
050881 Bucuresti
Activity type
Other
USTAV ZEMEDELSKE EKONOMIKY A INFORMACI
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 91 250
Address
Manesova 75
120 00 Praha 2
Activity type
Other
EUROPEAN LANDOWNERS ORGANIZATION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 158 468,75
Address
Rue De Treves 67
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
BIOINSTITUT OPS
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 84 875
Address
Ondrejova 489/13, Chvalkovice
779 00 Olomouc
Activity type
Other