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Quantification of ecological services for sustainable agriculture

Objective

The project aims to identify the key semi-natural habitats (SNH), outside and within crops, providing essential ecological services (ES). Vegetation traits will be linked to potential ES provision, case studies will measure actual ES levels and inform models which will show unused opportunities and trade-offs among ES by SNH from habitat to landscape scale. This will be achieved for a range of representative cropping systems and farming intensities in regions dominated by agriculture and matched to the requirements of local and national stakeholders. Surveys will identify key SNH and existing literature will be used to link their vegetation traits to ES provision. ES provision will be measured in existing habitat types (SNH to crop) across economically important cropping systems, farming intensities and four European agro-climatic zones using simple techniques in 16 case studies. A case study is defined by a unique combination of region, crop species, and service. Each case study will concentrate on locally important cropping system and the main ES required. Pollination and pest control have been identified as main ES needed, but also soil fertility, weed control and social services will be considered. The relative socio-economic weight of the studied ecosystem services will be appraised using feedback from national experts using a semi-quantitative method. Data will parameterise spatially explicit models to determine how the vegetation composition, management, shape, area, and placement of SNH in agricultural landscapes affect the distribution of mobile-agent based ecosystem services from farm to landscape level. To investigate synergies and trade-offs in ecological services, multi-criteria analysis will be developed to combine a suite of modules in an integrative modelling framework. Outputs are designed to inform local, national and EU stakeholders on how to improve ES provision from SNH and will include a novel web-based tool.

Field of science

  • /humanities/languages and literature/literature - general
  • /social sciences/sociology/demography/fertility
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/sustainable agriculture
  • /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

GAME AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION TRUST
Address
Burgate Manor
SP6 1EF Fordingbridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 425 787
Administrative Contact
John Holland (Dr.)

Participants (13)

EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 441 020
Address
Bundeshaus Ost
3003 Bern
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Philippe Jeanneret (Dr.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 433 832
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rudie Juliens
SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 159 590
Address
Piazza Martiri Della Liberta 33
56127 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Roberta Chiordi (Mrs.)
SZENT ISTVAN UNIVERSITY
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 167 560
Address
Pater Karoly Utca 1
2100 Godollo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jozsef Kiss (Prof.)
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DES SCIENCES AGRONOMIQUES DE BORDEAUX AQUITAINE
France
EU contribution
€ 189 040
Address
Cours Du General De Gaulle 1
33175 Gradignan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maarten Van Helden (Dr.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 189 320
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Romilda Manicolo (Mrs.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 135 252
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Enda Clarke (Dr.)
SOLAGRO ASSOCIATION
France
EU contribution
€ 108 185
Address
Voie Du Toec 75
31076 Toulouse
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Philippe Pointereau (Mr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 260 023
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Petra Van Dierman
EESTI MAAULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 128 655
Address
Kreutzwaldi 1
51014 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eve Veromann (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 79 730
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marco Mazzoncini (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAET KOBLENZ-LANDAU
Germany
EU contribution
€ 228 332
Address
Rhabanusstrasse 3
55118 Mainz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Entling (Prof.)
ESSRG KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 51 680
Address
Ferenciek Tere 2 1 Em
1053 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Balázs Bálint (Mr.)