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The Agri-Env team is at the moment involved in the following projects:

CAPRI RD - Common Agricultural Policy Regionalised Impact

CAPRI-RD: The Common Agricultural Policy Regionalised Impact - the Rural Development Dimension The Common Agricultural Policy Regionalised Impact - the Rural Development Dimension (CAPRI-RD) Framework Programme 7 project aims to develop and apply an operational, Pan-European tool including all Candidate and Potential Candidate countries to analyse the regional impacts of all policy measures under CAP Pillar I and II across a wide range of economic, social and environmental indicators, aligned with the Common Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (CMEF). Objectives of CAPRI RD: Expansion of CAPRI to all Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries. Systematic data base on rural development policies of the Common Agricultural Policy, linked to CAPRI and the regional CGEs, development and integration of indicators relating to rural development. Expected Results of CAPRI RD. An improved operational up-to-date and validated CAPRI modeling system,for ex-ante analysis of both pillars of the CAP regarding the multi-functional role of agriculture Regular support of DG-AGRI in policy impact analysis, focusing on Rural Development.

CAPRI-RD web site.

GEOLAND2 - Towards an operational GMES Land Monitoring Core Service: Agri-Environmental Indicators Core Information Service (AgriEnv CIS)

Geoland2 intends to constitute a major step forward in the implementation of the GMES (Global Monitoring of Environment and Security) Land Monitoring Core Service (LMCS). The three components (Local, Continental and Global) of the LMCS are addressed. The goal of geoland2 is (i) to prepare, validate and demonstrate pre-operational service chains and products that will underpin the LMCS, and (ii) to propose and demonstrate a concrete functional organisation of the LMCS. The architecture of geoland2 is made of two different layers, the Core Mapping Services (CMS) and the Core Information Services. More...

SOCO - Sustainable Agriculture and Soil Conservation

The SoCo project is being completed by JRC and other partners to study "sustainable agriculture and soil conservation" to try to respond to the many challenges the European agriculture has to face, such as environmentally sustainable production, food security and (rural) communities welfare. SoCo was deployed in thee phases. Firstly, a literature review on agricultural practices - in particular Conservation Agriculture - and on policy measures addressing soil erosion, loss of soil organic matter, compaction, salinisation and landslides was completed, including an analysis of the environmental and economic performance of such measures. Secondly, ten case studies were carried out across Europe to ascertain the current setting of soil conservation within the agricultural domain at local scale. Several workshops were also organized for a feedback from the community of stakeholders. Finally, conclusions and recommendations were drawn for future dissemination among European farmers and policy makers.

CAPRI-DynaSpat - Common Agricultural Policy Regional Impact Assessment - The Dynamic & Spatial Dimension

The project aims at ex-ante policy assessment of the CAP by the maintenance and application of the existing CAPRI modelling system and its improvement in several directions. The project is devoted to six tasks: (1) regular yearly application of the CAPRI system during the project's lifetime (database update, development of reference run, scenario writing and CAP impact assessment), (2) improvement of CAPRI's economic core model by development and validation of a recursive-dynamic version, (3) development of an employment module for CAPRI, (4) development of an indicator for energy use in agriculture, (5) development of a GIS link (soil, climatic and land use map), link and development of a landscape assessment indicator and to a process based model for Green House Gas emissions from agriculture and, last not least, (6) pilot study for East expansion of CAPRI. The main objective of the proposal is to provide policy makers and society with reliable ex-ante impact assessment of CAP measures on agricultural income, production and land use, environmental indicators and employment at farm type, regional, national and EU level by regular yearly baseline and scenario analysis. The main instrument is the CAPRI modelling system which combines consistently (1) aggregated programming models for farm types at NUTS II level with (2) a spatial multi-commodity model for agricultural world markets, and (3) environmental pressure indicators.

LUMOCAP - Dynamic land use change modelling for CAP impact assessment on the rural landscape

LUMOCAP aims at delivering an operational tool for assessing land use changes and their impact on the rural landscape according to a CAP orientation. It focuses on the relations between the CAP and landscape changes and emphasizes the spatio-temporal dimension of the former. The core of the tool is a dynamic Cellular Automata based land use model. It will be calibrated and its utility will be tested on historical data characterizing changes in the period 1990-2000 (ex-post). Next it will be run to asses policy development scenarios for 2000-2015 (ex-ante) by forecasting the future spatial distribution of land-use/cover and related landscape indicators. The end product is an open-ended, transparent, PC-based analytical system, operating at different temporal and embedded spatial scales enabling to interactively enter policy options under a specific set of natural and socio-economic conditions as external driving forces, to formulate potential land use scenarios, and to assess the impact of both on the quality of rural landscapes through the analysis of selected landscape indicators. Similarly it enables identifying areas of adverse land use related environmental change caused by non-sustainable agricultural systems.

LUMOCAP webpage

IP SENSOR - Sustainability Impact Assessment: Tools for ENvironmental, Social and EcOnomic Effects of Multifunctional Land Use in European Regions

The purpose of the Integrated Project SENSOR is to develop methods for identifying and addressing sustainability issues in the context of case studies, and to build impact assessment tools and decision support system methods that can be applied for regional policy making at EU level. Different disciplinary viewpoints will be employed to produce combined models and tools. The case studies will be selected to represent areas of particular sensitivity, such as post-industrial zones, islands, coasts and mountainous areas. However, the methodological approach developed will have general application.


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