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Developing SUstainable PERmanent Grassland systems and policies

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.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

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Kings Gate
Ne1 7ru Newcastle Upon Tyne

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 941 494,35

Participants (19)

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RSK ADAS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 364 308,75

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 492 937,50

MENDELOVA UNIVERZITA V BRNE

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 193 500

MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA OKOLOGIAI KUTATOKOZPONT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 273 700

JAVNA USTANOVA UNIVERZITET CRNE GORE PODGORICA

Montenegro

EU Contribution

€ 167 000

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 561 161,23

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 348 907,50

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 759 771,25

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 790 235

SZKOLA GLOWNA GOSPODARSTWA WIEJSKIEGO

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 142 938,75

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGENSTIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 284 250

AGRIFOOD AND BIOSCIENCES INSTITUTE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 727 007,50

CONSULAI, CONSULTORIA AGROINDUSTRIAL LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 630 341,25

UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 645 125

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 623 187,50

CHAMBRE REGIONALE D'AGRICULTURE DE NORMANDIE

France

EU Contribution

€ 335 890

ASS DE LA FERME EXPERIMENTALE

France

EU Contribution

€ 148 885

THE NOTHERN IRELAND AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 249 195

CRA GRAND EST

France

EU Contribution

€ 315 161,25

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 774124

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2018

  • End date

    31 May 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

H2020-EU.3.2.1.3.

H2020-EU.3.2.1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 994 996,83

  • EU contribution

    € 9 994 996,83

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom