T1 / IRT-1

Integrated Environmental Assessment and Soil Monitoring for Europe

Long term monitoring to show changes in soil quality to levels impacting soil function, food security and human health and to measure progress on land degradation neutrality. ... read more
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
T4 / IRT-4

Bio-Economy – unleashing the potentials while sustaining soils

Unleash the potential of soil to sustain a bio-economy in Europe by better understanding soil and economic systems in order to support land management for biomass production and consumption. Alternatives to non renewable resources are needed. Soils can provide bio-based resources, but overuse must be prevented to sustain soil system functions. ... read more
T5 / IRT-5

Integrated scenarios for the Land-Soil-Water-Food nexus under societal pressures and challenges

Identification of land use scenarios that deliver benefits to society AND to the environment and lead to changes in soil management and spatial planning. Growing populations increase soil and land degradation thereby rendering the remaining scarce fertile soils vulnerable to overuse and further degradation. Scenarios modelling will help assess major impacts and decrease further degradation, secure food and identify ways of achieving land degradation neutrality. Changes in the economy and the society should estimate like growing / shrinking areas and their impact to the land-soil-sediment-water system .... 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
T12 / IRT-12

Environmentally friendly and socially sensitive urban development

Solutions that bridge the goals of urban environmental protection and social concerns of urban development are crucial to realize sustainable cities. Knowledge on environmental issues in urban planning as well as on social concerns is partly available but has to be deeper, up to date and better integrated. ... read more
T13 / IRT-13

Urban Metabolism – Enhance efficiency of using soil-sediment-water resources through closing of urban material loops

Without further development of the methodological concept of urban metabolism, it will be not possible to identify comprehensive measures to enhance urban resource efficiency, consistency and sufficiency. Urban metabolism instruments and tools are needed at different scales (local, regional, national and supranational) to address indirect impacts, such as rebound effects or indirect land consumption. Such new instruments and tools will help manage our common resource basis, minimize negative ecological effects, foster the local economy through a circular urban economy and support a long term, high level of urban quality of life. ... 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
T18 / NC-1

Quantity and quality of soils, health of soils, soil carbon, greenhouse gases

Land use conflicts may be resolved by sustainable land management concepts based on natural capital and multiple ecosystem services provided by the soil-sediment-water system.... read more
T22 / NC-5

Prevention of erosion and mudslides, natural hazards

This research will reduce the occurrence, duration and severity of natural hazards, by developing alternative land use management strategies that will increase the natural resilience to floods, fires, land subsidence, erosion and landslides.... read more
T24 / NC-7

Intrinsic values of soils and landscapes

Aesthetic, cultural and social values of landscapes will be preserved better.... read more
T25 / D1

The 4 F´s: Food, feed, fibre, (bio)fuel

This research will strengthen the transtion towards a circular and biobased economy, by quantifying the societal demand of this transition for soil functions.... read more
T26 / D2

Regulating Ecosystem Services

Assessment and mapping of soil ecosystem services are prerequisites for sustainable management of natural resources, to optimize soil functions and services.... read more
T27 / D3

Urban / infrastructure land

This research will contribute to land use conflict resolution, the liveability of shrinking regions and villages, increased brownfield regeneration and land re-use, which will help save soils for other purposes.... read more
T28 / D4


Current and future water demand scenarios will enable more futureproof land use decision making to ensure the delivery of sufficient and clean water for future generations. ... read more
T30 / D6

Areas where Natural hazards are prevented

This research will reduce occurrence, duration and severity of natural hazards, by developing alternative land use management strategies that will increase the natural resilience to floods, fires, land subsidence, erosion and landslides.... read more
T31 / D7

Health and quality of life (living environment)

Research on the contribution of nature to health and well-being will allow for better spatial design to optimize these health benefits, especially with repsect to vulnerable groups in deprived areas.... read more
T32 / LM1

Governance, management mechanisms, instruments and policy

Improved policies, governance structures and institutions to promote sustainable land management throughout Europe.... read more
T33 / LM2

Climate changes challenges for land management

This will enable the design of effective spatial planning and land use management systems to deal with extreme weather events, (e.g. flooding, droughts) and other environmental stresses.... read more
T34 / LM3

Land as a resources in urban areas (Sustainable urban land management)

This research will contribute to the development of healthy, safe and sustainable cities.... read more
T35 / LM4

Land as a resources in rural areas (Multifunctionality of rural areas)

This research will contribute to maintaining and improving soil fertility, and nutrient and pesticide management. It will support nature conservation and provide options to deal with urban sprawl and rural depopulation.... 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