T2 / IRT-2

Recognizing the value of ecosystem services in land use decisions

Assessing magnitude and societal distribution of costs and benefits of land use options (e.g. through cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis or multi-criteria analysis) can help mainstream the value of ecosystem services into decision-making.... read more
T7 / IRT-7

Farming systems to maintain soil fertility while meeting demand for agricultural products

Understanding the potential of different agricultural food production systems while mainaining soil fertility and reducing negative environmental impacts associated with intensive conventional farming. Increased knowledge about economic and technical aspects of organic food porduciton systems will improve their competitiveness and help mainstream sustainable agricultural practices.... read more
T8 / IRT-8

Circular land management

Research is required to understand the patterns of behaviour and interdependencies of actors, especially land owners, active in land-related policy areas on a theoretical and practical level. It is important to combine the strategies and instruments by circular land management through applied research and pilot case studies and in the sense of modular “tool boxes” to qualify a sustainable land management. ... read more
T10 / IRT-10

Stakeholder participation to facilitate the development of livable cities

Understanding the potential of stakeholder participation will help to ensure the livability of urban development and enhance transparency and legitimacy of decision-making.... read more
T14 / IRT-14

Emerging contaminants’ in soil and groundwater – ensuring long-term provision of drinking water as well as soil and freshwater ecosystem services

Greater knowledge about the properties of ‘emerging’ contaminants, and mixtures, their distribution in groundwater and soil, their toxicity to humans as well as soil and freshwater ecosystem services is needed to ensure public health and long-term provision of ecosystem services. Methods of analyzing emerging contaminants are needed. ... read more
T15 / IRT-15

Sustainable management to restore the ecological and socio-economic values of degraded land

Dedicated research will elaborate degradation-type and region-specific restoration and rehabilitation approaches for valorization of degraded areas.... read more
T16 / IRT-16

Innovative technologies and eco-engineering 4.0: Challenges for a sustainable use of agricultural, forest and urban landscapes and the SSW system

Improved rural and urban land use through appropriate sustainable technologies, exploitation of comprehensive data collected by high-quality on- and off-site sensors, and purposeful communication. Eco-engineering for the design, monitoring and management of rural and urban ecosystems can integrate human society into the natural and man-made environment. Identifying what is a sustainable intensification via industrial or organic agriculture and forestry will help planning and permitting.... read more
T17 / IRT-17

Climate change challenges - improving preparedness and response for climate conditions and related hazards

Spatial planning could be an instrument for coping with effects of climate change, but only if we have a better understanding of climate change mitigation, adaptation and counteracting negative climate phenomena. Integrated strategies on soil protection and land management should help reduce direct and indirect impacts from climate change. New technical and operational solutions can be developed using low cost, widely available data science.... read more
T36 / NI1

Developing impact assessment methodology

Developing monitoring and impact assessment methodology will enable us to detect and assess emerging threats from global environemntal change (such as climate change), land management and pollution to human health and well-being, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem service provision as well as the prosperity of our economies. ... read more
T37 / NI2

Understanding and assessing impacts of drivers and management

This research will provide us with an understanding of the magnitude of the ecological, economic and social impacts of climate change, land management decisions, emerging and/or mixed pollutants, socio-economic drivers of land management and land use change, and policies, planning and regulation.... read more
T38 / NI3

Trade-off analysis & decision support

Research on comparative assessment of land management options will support realizing synergies and trading off conflicts between different societal demands with regard to land use and land management.... read more
T39 / NI4

Science-Policy-Society Interface

Strengthening the science-policy-society interface will facilitate knowledge-based development and implementation of land use policies by awareness raising, stakeholder involvement and policy integration. ... read more