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Sustainability Impact Assessment: Tools for Environmental, Social and Economic Effects of Multifunctional Land Use in European Regions

Sustainability Impact Assessment: Tools for Environmental, Social and Economic Effects of Multifunctional Land Use in European Regions

Objective

Sustainability of land use in European regions is a central point of policy and management decisions at different levels of governance. Implementation of European policies designed to promote and protect multifunctional land use requires the urgent development of robust tools for the assessment of different scenarios' impacts on the environmental and socio-economic sustainability. The technical objective of SENSOR is to build, validate and implement sustainability impact assessment tools (SIAT), including databases and spatial reference frameworks for the analysis of land and human resources in the context of agricultural, regional and environmental policies. The scientific challenge is to establish relationships between different environmental and socio-economic processes as characterised by indicators considered to be quantitative measures of sustainability. Scenario techniques will be used within an integrated modelling framework, reflecting various aspects of multifunctionality and their interactions. The focus will be on European sensitive regions, particularly those in accession countries, since accession poses significant questions for policy makers regarding the socio-economic and environmental effect of existing and proposed land use policies. SIAT will utilise the statistical and spatial data continuously collected by European and regional agencies. SENSOR will deliver novel solutions for integrated modelling, spatial and temporal scaling and aggregation of data, selection of indicators, database management, analysis and prediction of trends, education and implementation. SIAT will be made available to decision makers at the European and regional level, providing user-friendly interfaces and scientifically sound procedures for the assessment of environmental and monetary responses of policy options. Cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis of policy implementation will be an integral part of the SIAT's functions.

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Coordinator

LEIBNIZ-ZENTRUM FUER AGRARLANDSCHAFTS- UND LANDNUTZUNGSFORSCHUNG E.V.

Address

Eberswalder Str. 84
Muencheberg

Germany

Administrative Contact

Katharina HELMING (Dr)

Participants (42)

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ALTERRA B.V.

Netherlands

BRANDENBURGISCHE TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT COTTBUS

Germany

ARC SYSTEMS RESEARCH GMBH

Austria

UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

EIDGENOESSISCHE FORSCHUNGSANSTALT WSL

Switzerland

HUMBOLDT UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN

Germany

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

DANMARKS MILJOEUNDERSOEGELSER.

Denmark

CENTER FOR SKOV, LANDSKAB OG PLANRHNINH, KVL

Denmark

DANMARKS JORDBRUGSFORSKNING

Denmark

TARTU UELIKOOL

Estonia

EUROPEAN FOREST INSTITUTE

Finland

EUROPEAN FOREST INSTITUTE

Finland

CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GENIE RURAL, DES EAUX ET DES FORETS

France

CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE ET D'INDUSTRIE DE PARIS

France

UNIVERSITY OF WEST HUNGARY

Hungary

SZENT ISTVAN EGYETEM

Hungary

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED SYSTEM ANALYSIS - IIASA

Austria

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE

Italy

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE

Belgium

MALTA ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING AUTHORITY

Malta

LANDBOUW-ECONOMISCH INSTITUUT B.V.

Netherlands

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

INSTYTUT UPRAWY NAWOZENIA I GLEBOZNAWSTWA

Poland

INSTITUTE OF LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY OF THE SLOVAK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Slovakia

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

FORESTRY COMMISSION RESEARCH AGENCY

United Kingdom

MACAULAY INSTITUTE

United Kingdom

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL.

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF BATH

United Kingdom

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

INSTITUTE OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES AND NATURAL RESOURCES RESEARCH, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

China

CHINESE ACADEMY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

China

EMPRESA BRASILEIRA DE PESQUISA AGROPECUARIA - EMBRAPA

Brazil

UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE SANTA CATARINA

Brazil

UNIVERSIDAD DE BUENOS AIRES

Argentina

UNIVERSIDAD DE LA REPUBLICA

Uruguay

UNIVERSITY OF AARHUS

Denmark

UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN

Denmark

AUSTRIAN RESEARCH CENTERS GMBH - ARC

Austria

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 3874

  • Start date

    1 December 2004

  • End date

    31 May 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 13 633 308

  • EU contribution

    € 10 207 435

Coordinated by:

LEIBNIZ-ZENTRUM FUER AGRARLANDSCHAFTS- UND LANDNUTZUNGSFORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany