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

Descrizione del progetto

Spargere i semi per un’agricoltura sostenibile

L’agricoltura europea si trova di fronte a una sfida urgente: come nutrire in modo sostenibile una popolazione in crescita, preservando al contempo l’ambiente e sostenendo le famiglie di agricoltori. In quest’ottica, il progetto UNISECO, finanziato dall’UE, si propone di rafforzare la sostenibilità dei sistemi agricoli dell’Unione. In particolare, si tratta di costruire in modo collaborativo strategie e incentivi convalidati dalla pratica per migliorare gli approcci agroecologici. Approfondendo la complessa rete di fattori socio-economici, ecologici e politici, il progetto cercherà di individuare strategie di gestione più efficaci e di promuovere un’agricoltura sostenibile in tutta Europa. Attraverso studi di casi partecipativi in 15 Paesi europei e un processo transdisciplinare, UNISECO responsabilizzerà le parti interessate e gli scienziati, favorendo una comprensione più approfondita di come migliorare la sostenibilità dei sistemi agricoli dell’Unione.

Obiettivo

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.

Invito a presentare proposte

H2020-SFS-2016-2017

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Bando secondario

H2020-SFS-2017-2

Meccanismo di finanziamento

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinatore

JOHANN HEINRICH VON THUENEN-INSTITUT, BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER LAENDLICHE RAEUME, WALD UND FISCHEREI
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 567 000,00
Indirizzo
BUNDESALLEE 50
38116 Braunschweig
Germania

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Regione
Niedersachsen Braunschweig Braunschweig, Kreisfreie Stadt
Tipo di attività
Research Organisations
Collegamenti
Costo totale
€ 567 000,00

Partecipanti (17)