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LInking farmland Biodiversity to Ecosystem seRvices for effective ecofunctional intensificATION

Objective

The next few decades will witness a rapidly increasing demand for agricultural products. This growing demand needs to be met largely through intensification (produce more from the same land surface) because there is little scope for an increase in agricultural area. Eco-functional intensification has been proposed as a promising solution. Eco-functional intensification is the optimization of all provisioning, regulating and supporting ecosystem services in the agricultural production process. LIBERATION aims to provide the evidence base for eco-functional intensification and demonstrate the concept in seven representative agricultural landscape types in Europe. Using existing datasets from past and on-going European-scale studies we will first identify general relationships between the configuration of semi-natural habitats, on-farm management and biodiversity in a range of European landscapes and farming systems. Using a modelling approach we will link biodiversity to ecosystem services, by determining relationships between biodiversity, the delivery of multiple ecosystem services and agronomic yield. A novel aspect is that LIBERATION considers above- and below-ground ecosystem services simultaneously and analyses synergies and trade-offs between different ecosystem services. Using this modelling approach we will analyse which on-farm management practices and spatial configuration of semi-natural habitats optimizes yield and which optimizes farm income. We will synthesise management and policy recommendations. We will raise awareness and promote uptake of eco-functional intensification by disseminating project results to the widest possible range of stakeholders, amongst others by means of demonstration projects. This way we hope to liberate the forces of nature to the benefit of agricultural production.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 33 223,10
Administrative Contact
David. Kleijn (Prof.)

Participants (11)

KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 264 806
Address
Kloveniersburgwal 29 Het Trippenhuis
1011 JV Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Wim H. Van Der Putten (Prof.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 439 276
Address
Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
RG6 6AH Reading
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Stansfield (Ms.)
MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 335 008
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Henrik Smith (Prof.)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 339 600
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Riccardo Bommarco (Dr.)
JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAT WURZBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 354 998
Address
Sanderring 2
97070 Wuerzburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christian Gloggengiesser (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAT BAYREUTH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 149 980
Address
Universitatsstrasse 30
95447 Bayreuth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marcus Urban (Mr.)
OKOLOGIAI KUTATOKOZPONT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 149 960
Address
Klebelsberg Kuno Utca 3
8237 Tihany
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andras Baldi (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 219 944
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lorenzo Marini (Dr.)
UNIWERSYTET PRZYRODNICZY W POZNANIU
Poland
EU contribution
€ 150 899
Address
Ulica Wojska Polskiego 28
60 637 Poznan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Piotr Tryjanowski (Prof.)
THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Italy
EU contribution
€ 219 997
Address
Viale Delle Terme Di Caracalla
00153 Roma
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bart Van Ommen (Mr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 339 938,90
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Arjen De Groot (Dr.)