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Operationalising telecouplings for solving sustainability challenges related to land use

Operationalising telecouplings for solving sustainability challenges related to land use

Objective

Society depends on land for food, feed, fibre and energy, but the detrimental outcomes of unsustainable land practices are becoming increasingly apparent. Ensuring sustainable land use is a key challenge, yet hard to achieve in today’s interconnected world where policies, consumer demands and environmental change in one region may affect far-away places. We face a significant knowledge gap regarding the processes related to land use that link distant places – or telecouplings – and how these processes could be governed towards sustainability. Companies, institutions and policy makers lack the expertise and tools to ensure sustainable land use in a globalised world. COUPLED will educate researchers and entrepreneurs in assessing and governing land use in a systemic way, accounting for the opportunities and threats arising from distal links between Europe and other regions. COUPLED builds on a strong interdisciplinary network to achieve its overall objective of operationalising the novel telecouplings concept in order to support sustainable governance of land systems and related supply chains under global change. COUPLED will deliver on training a new generation of professionals and entrepreneurs, developing rich analytic tools and new understandings to help private and public organisations to identify where and how they can intervene to make sustainable land use decisions, thereby avoiding unwanted outcomes. The consortiums unites scientifically excellent partners across the natural and social sciences to ensure excellence in research, institutional and technological innovation. Working closely with large companies, SMEs, NGOs, international organisations and administrative bodies, the ESRs will learn how to move between science and practice, become highly attractive to employers, and build successful careers in research, consulting, industry or governance. The action will thus contribute to Europe’s leading position for a transformation towards sustainable land use.

Coordinator

HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN

Address

Unter Den Linden 6
10117 Berlin

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 498 432,96

Participants (10)

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UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 265 226,76

UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 495 745,92

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 580 163,76

UNIVERSITAET KLAGENFURT

Austria

STICHTING VU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 510 748,56

LEUPHANA UNIVERSITAT LUNEBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 501 120

THE FOREST TRUST LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 265 226,76

UNILEVER U.K. CENTRAL RESOURCES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 273 287,88

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 255 934,08

Partners (8)

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EUROPEAN LANDOWNERS ORGANIZATION

STIFTELSEN THE STOCKHOLM ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE

FAIRPHONE BV

Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International e.V.

German Ministry for the Environment

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

THE WORLD BANK GROUP

WCMC LBG

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 765408

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2018

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 895 103,16

  • EU contribution

    € 3 895 103,16

Coordinated by:

HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN

Germany