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Developing SUstainable PERmanent Grassland systems and policies

Objective

The existence and management of permanent grasslands (PG) is key to the delivery of multiple ecosystem services (ES) across Europe. However, PG maintenance and functions are under threat from sub-optimal management of inputs, cultivation in higher output farming systems and abandonment in remote and marginal areas. The overall objective of the SUPER-G project is to co-develop sustainable PG systems and policies with farmers and policy makers that will be effective in optimising productivity, whilst supporting biodiversity and delivering a number of other ES.
SUPER-G will apply a multi-actor approach, working with farmers; land owners/managers and their advisers; third sector and civil society groups; non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and researchers, policy and business communities to achieve: 1) better understanding of the importance and functioning of PG; 2) benchmarking of PG performance across Europe; 3) co-development of integrated approaches for profitable and sustainable PG management; and 4) co-development of tools and policy mechanisms, which are inclusive of stakeholder and citizen priorities, to support the maintenance and sustainable management of PG. The project will last five years to allow time for the establishment of farm networks for data gathering and analysis; and the development of good grassland practices, innovative techniques and farm-level and policy support tools.
Using a responsible research and innovation (RRI) approach, the project will develop a comprehensive European grassland typology and a shared conceptual model of how PG can deliver in terms of productivity, biodiversity and other ES such as climate regulation, water quality, mediation of water flows and erosion control. The potential of PG to deliver multiple ES will be informed by benchmarking and testing, involving a network of farms and experimental platforms in 14 countries covering the Mediterranean, Atlantic, Continental, Alpine, Pannonian and Boreal regions.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/civil society
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2017-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 941 494,35

Participants (19)

RSK ADAS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 364 308,75
Address
Spring Lodge 172 Chester Road Helsby
WA6 0AR Cheshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 492 937,50
Address
King's College Regent Walk
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MENDELOVA UNIVERZITA V BRNE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 193 500
Address
Zemedelska 1/1665
613 00 Brno Sever
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OKOLOGIAI KUTATOKOZPONT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 273 700
Address
Klebelsberg Kuno Utca 3
8237 Tihany
Activity type
Research Organisations
JAVNA USTANOVA UNIVERZITET CRNE GORE PODGORICA
Montenegro
EU contribution
€ 167 000
Address
Cetinjska 2
81000 Podgorica
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 561 161,23
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 348 907,50
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 759 771,25
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 790 235
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SZKOLA GLOWNA GOSPODARSTWA WIEJSKIEGO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 142 938,75
Address
Ul. Nowoursynowska 166
02 787 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGEN STIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 284 250
Address
Wilhelmsplatz 1
37073 Gottingen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGRIFOOD AND BIOSCIENCES INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 727 007,50
Address
Newforge Lane 18A
BT9 5PX Belfast
Activity type
Research Organisations
CONSULAI, CONSULTORIA AGROINDUSTRIAL LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 630 341,25
Address
Rua Fernando Namora Nº 28 1 Esq
7800-502 Beja
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 645 125
Address
Avenida De Medina Azahara 5
14005 Cordoba
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 623 187,50
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CHAMBRE REGIONALE D'AGRICULTURE DE NORMANDIE
France
EU contribution
€ 335 890
Address
Rue Des Roquemonts 6
14000 Caen
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
ASS DE LA FERME EXPERIMENTALE
France
EU contribution
€ 148 885
Address
Av De Paris
50000 Saint Lo
Activity type
Other
THE NOTHERN IRELAND AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 249 195
Address
97 Moy Road
BT71 7DX Dungannon
Activity type
Other
CRA GRAND EST
France
EU contribution
€ 315 161,25
Address
Complexe Agricole Du Mont Bernard Route De Suippes Route De Suippes
51000 Chalons En Champagne
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)