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Understanding and improving the sustainability of agro-ecological farming systems in the EU

Objective

The overarching objective of UNISECO is to strengthen the sustainability of EU farming systems, through co-constructing practice-validated strategies and incentives for the promotion of improved agro-ecological approaches. We will enhance the understanding of socio-economic and policy drivers and barriers for further development and implementation of agro-ecological approaches in EU farming systems to identify and facilitate more effective management strategies for European agriculture. This requires a wider systems perspective, considering socio-economic, ecological and political settings at a territorial level. We will operationalise a socio-ecological systems framework that integrates external settings into a sustainability assessment of farming systems, paying particular attention to the role of different types of actors and their roles in sub-systems. UNISECO will provide a methodological toolkit to assess the environmental, economic and social impacts of innovative strategies and incentives for agro-ecological approaches in EU farming systems at farm and territorial levels. The methodological toolkit will be tested in participatory case studies in 15 European countries with different biophysical, socio-economic and socio-cultural contexts of farming systems. UNISECO is committed to a genuine transdisciplinary process, reflected in consortium composition of stakeholder and scientific partners, and the emphasis on multi-actor engagement. Group learning processes, integrating practical and theoretical knowledge, will benefit scientists, stakeholders and end-users through improved understanding on how to strengthen sustainability of EU farming systems. UNISECO addresses the work programme topic SFS-29-2017 and contributes to Sustainable Food Security by identifying and supporting farming systems that enable the production of healthy food while preserving the environment and bringing added value to farm households and the different stakeholders of the value chain.
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Coordinator

JOHANN HEINRICH VON THUENEN-INSTITUT, BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER LAENDLICHE RAEUME, WALD UND FISCHEREI

Address

Bundesallee 50
38116 Braunschweig

Germany

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 567 000

Participants (17)

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CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 364 718,75

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 205 275

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 396 137,50

THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 350 217,50

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 267 261

INSTITUT SUPERIEUR D'AGRICULTURE RHONE ALPES I.S.A.R.A

France

EU Contribution

€ 275 272,50

BALTIJAS VIDES FORUMS

Latvia

EU Contribution

€ 151 175

BALTIJOS APLINKOS FORUMAS VSI

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 185 650

FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 536 125

GEONARDO ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES LTD

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 297 250

LUONNONVARAKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 381 781,25

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 286 718,75

GESTION AMBIENTAL DE NAVARRA SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 203 251,25

ASOCIATIA WWF PROGRAMUL DUNARE CARPATI ROMANIA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 122 343,75

USTAV ZEMEDELSKE EKONOMIKY A INFORMACI

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 91 250

EUROPEAN LANDOWNERS ORGANIZATION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 158 468,75

BIOINSTITUT OPS

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 84 875

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 773901

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2018

  • End date

    30 April 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 924 771

  • EU contribution

    € 4 924 771

Coordinated by:

JOHANN HEINRICH VON THUENEN-INSTITUT, BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER LAENDLICHE RAEUME, WALD UND FISCHEREI

Germany