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System for Environmental and Agricultural Modelling; Linking European Science and Society

System for Environmental and Agricultural Modelling; Linking European Science and Society

Objective

The project will develop an integrated framework (SEAMLESS-IF) which integrates approaches from economic, environmental and social sciences to enable assessment of the impact of policy and behavioural changes and innovations in agriculture and agroforestry. Contributions of agriculture to sustainable development and multifunctionality will be assessed at different spatial scales from farm to global, allowing consideration of both top-down and bottom-up approaches to land management change. Innovative software architecture will be used to facilitate the use of quantitative biophysical and economic models and databases in combination, and to ensure re-usability of these tools well beyond the lifetime of the project. Indicators will be operationalised to communicate key information to users and between scales or disciplines, and methods for establishing threshold values for these indicators will be clarified. Qualitative tools will also be integrated into SEAMLESS-IF, to take into account institutional and social contexts. SEAMLESS-IF will be developed reflexively, using selected test cases to evaluate and improve the tools and assess utility.
The development of SEAMLESS-IF will use participatory approaches to user involvement and dissemination, and to ensure applicability for prime users (EC DGs Research, Agriculture and Environment) and other users. SEAMLESS-IF will allow ex-ante analyses of the impacts of policy and behavioural changes, through clarification of the benefits, costs, and externalities associated with farming system management. Interactions between the EU, associated candidate countries and the rest of the world will be assessed by incorporating appropriate models. SEAMLESS-IF will rapidly become essential for integrated assessment of agricultural systems in the context of agro-ecological innovations, rural development, sustainability, agricultural policy reform, EU enlargement, and world trade liberalisation.

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Coordinator

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITEIT

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Costerweg 50
Wageningen

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

Martin VAN ITTERSUM (Dr)

Participants (30)

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INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE (INRA)

France

CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT

France

HUMBOLDT UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN

Germany

LEIBNIZ-ZENTRUM FUER AGRARLANDSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG (ZALF) E.V.

Germany

CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA E SPERIMENTAZIONE IN AGRICOLTURA

Italy

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE

Belgium

UNIVERSITETET FOR MILJO OG BIOVITENSKAP

Norway

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA (SUPSI)

Switzerland

PLANT RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL B.V.

Netherlands

LANDBOUW-ECONOMISCH INSTITUUT B.V.

Netherlands

ALTERRA B.V.

Netherlands

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

SZKOLA GLOWNA GOSPODARSTWA WIEJSKIEGO

Poland

USTAV SYSTEMOVE BIOLOGIE A EKOLOGIE AV CR VEREJNA VYZKUMNA INSTITUCE - USBE

Czechia

RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS

Czechia

LUND UNIVERSITY EDUCATION AB

Sweden

SIMULISTICS LIMITED

United Kingdom

RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET BONN

Germany

CENTER FOR SKOV, LANDSKAB OG PLANRHNINH, KVL

Denmark

CENTRE INTERNATIONAL DE HAUTES ETUDES AGRONOMIQUES MEDITERRANEENNES

France

UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA.

Portugal

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY

Ireland

ANTOPTIMA SA

Switzerland

INSTITUT D'ECONOMIE RURALE

Mali

UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT

United States

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

France

UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 10036

  • Start date

    1 January 2005

  • End date

    31 March 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 15 553 272

  • EU contribution

    € 11 499 972

Coordinated by:

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

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