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LAND Management: Assessment, Research, Knowledge base

LAND Management: Assessment, Research, Knowledge base

Objective

LANDMARK is a pan-European multi-actor consortium of leading academic and applied research institutes, chambers of agriculture and policy makers that will develop a coherent framework for soil management aimed at sustainable food production across Europe.
The LANDMARK proposal builds on the concept that soils are a finite resource that provides a range of ecosystem services known as “soil functions”. Functions relating to agriculture include: primary productivity, water regulation & purification, carbon-sequestration & regulation, habitat for biodiversity and nutrient provision & cycling. Trade-offs between these functions may occur: for example, management aimed at maximising primary production may inadvertently affect the ‘water purification’ or ‘habitat’ functions. This has led to conflicting management recommendations and policy initiatives. There is now an urgent need to develop a coherent scientific and practical framework for the sustainable management of soils.
LANDMARK will uniquely respond to the breadth of this challenge by delivering (through multi-actor development):
1. LOCAL SCALE: A toolkit for farmers with cost-effective, practical measures for sustainable (and context specific) soil management.
2. REGIONAL SCALE - A blueprint for a soil monitoring scheme, using harmonised indicators: this will facilitate the assessment of soil functions for different soil types and land-uses for all major EU climatic zones.
3. EU SCALE – An assessment of EU policy instruments for incentivising sustainable land management.
There have been many individual research initiatives that either address the management & assessment of individual soil functions, or address multiple soil functions, but only at local scales. LANDMARK will build on these existing R&D initiatives: the consortium partners bring together a wide range of significant national and EU datasets, with the ambition of developing an interdisciplinary scientific framework for sustainable soil management.

Coordinator

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Address

Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 Pb Wageningen

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 096 359,87

Participants (21)

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KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 493 299,99

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 242 859,18

THE CIRCA GROUP EUROPE LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 96 243,75

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 269 400

RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VOLKSGEZONDHEID EN MILIEU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 149 256

SZENT ISTVAN UNIVERSITY

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 241 875

UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 14 395,78

UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 696 826,30

ASSEMBLEE PERMANENTE DES CHAMBRES D'AGRICULTURE

France

EU Contribution

€ 198 750

LANDWIRTSCHAFTSKAMMER NIEDERSACHSEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 131 595

TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 469 638,63

OSTERREICHISCHE AGENTUR FUR GESUNDHEIT UND ERNAHRUNGSSICHERHEIT GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 191 980

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 256 764

INSTITUTE OF SOIL SCIENCE CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

China

UNIVERSIDADE DE SAO PAULO

Brazil

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

UNIVERSITATEA DE STIINTE AGRICOLE SI MEDICINA VETERINARA CLUJ NAPOCA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 38 925

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 57 046

MEDNARODNA PODIPLOMSKA SOLA JOZEFA STEFANA

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 273 581

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 37 875

UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 42 992,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 635201

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2015

  • End date

    31 October 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 307 551,25

  • EU contribution

    € 4 999 663

Coordinated by:

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands