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Conflicting demands of land use, soil biodiversity and the sustainable delivery of ecosystem goods and services in Europe

Conflicting demands of land use, soil biodiversity and the sustainable delivery of ecosystem goods and services in Europe

Objective

European soil biodiversity is pivotal for delivering food, fiber and biofuels and carbon storage. However, the demand is greater than the amount of soil available, as production of biofuels competes with areas for food production and nature. Moreover, intensified land use reduces soil biodiversity and the resulting ecosystem services. SOILSERVICE will value soil biodiversity through the impact on ecosystem services and propose how these values can be granted through payments. SOILSERVICE will combine interdisciplinary empirical studies and soil biodiversity surveys to construct soil food web models and determine effects of changing soil biodiversity on stability and resilience of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling, as well as assess consequences for outbreaks of pests or invasive species. SOILSERVICE will link ecological and economic models to develop a system for valuing soil biodiversity in relation to ecosystem services. Objectives: • Develop methods to value soil ecosystem services during different pressure of land use and changes in soil biodiversity. • Field and modelling studies will determine to what spatial and temporal scales soil biodiversity and soil ecosystem services are vulnerable to disturbance. • Detecting processes that indicate when ecosystems are approaching the limits of their natural functioning or productive capacity. • Establishing methods to determine and predict sustainability of ecosystem services at different types of land use • Building scenarios to identify economical and social drivers of how land use such as biofuel production and land abandonment can influence soil biodiversity and ecosystem services over European scale. • Interacting with EU policies and strategies with results on which services are at threat and mitigating changes in soil biodiversity to achieve a sustainable use of soils. Our results contribute to a European knowledge-based competitive economy and to a future EU directive on soils.
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Coordinator

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Address

Paradisgatan 5c
22100 Lund

Sweden

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 536 520

Administrative Contact

Katarina Hedlund (Dr.)

Participants (10)

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KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 346 920

JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITAET GIESSEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 311 040

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 317 794

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 245 520

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 317 520

UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 289 440

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 304 440

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 267 840

Biologicke centrum AV CR, v. v. i.

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 260 640

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 278 100

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 211779

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2008

  • End date

    29 February 2012

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 583 766

  • EU contribution

    € 3 475 774

Coordinated by:

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

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