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

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  • Europe
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  • France
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Bert Van Goidsenhovenbert.van.goidsenhoven@ovam.bewww.ovam.beYesyesyes
Risk management of groundwater contamination based on fluxes of pollution A thorough characterization of groundwater pollution in combination with a well elaborated risk assessment is the basis of risk-based management of groundwater contamination. Soil contamination poses a risk for spreading when receptors are affected or when there is a risk that they will be affected in the future. Receptors include surface waters, groundwater-dependent ecosystems, protection areas for drinking water and extraction wells. The determination of the flux of pollution that spreads from the total mass of pollution is a highly relevant aspect for risk evaluation and follow-up of remediation project. Up till now the determination of the fluxes of pollution is not part of the standard procedures for soil investigation. An evaluation of fluxes based on concentrations obtained with active sampling methods may not be representative for the actual fluxes. Active sampling methods only give a snapshot of concentrations one specific moment. For certain pollutants such as chlorinated solvents for example, these active sampling measurements show strong fluctuations in measured concentrations. Passive sampling techniques for groundwater allow samples to be taken over a long period of time. In this way a time-averaged picture of the concentrations can be obtained. In combination with a direct or indirect determination of the groundwater flux, the pollutant flux can be derived. At present no framework is available that allows to evaluate the results from measurements of fluxes of pollution. With this project the first step is taken in the development of a framework and the possible implementation in standard procedures. Based on a literature study and the results of pilot projects, different options for implementation are evaluated. possibly, currently fundingnbal@ovam.be

Czech Republic

Lukas Kacena
xylukas.kacena@tacr.czhttps://www.tacr.cz/index.php/en/yespossiblynoTechnology Agency of the Czech Republic, section for management of research



Tekes - the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation
Chief advisor Kari Keskinenkari.keskinen@tekes.fihttps://www.tekes.fi/en/tekes/yespossiblynoTekes is the most important publicly funded expert organisation for financing research, development and innovation in Finland. Tekes promotes a broad-based view on innovation: besides funding technological breakthroughs, Tekes emphasises the significance of service-related, design, business, and social innovations. Tekes works with the top innovative companies and research units in Finland. Every year, Tekes finances some 1,500 business research and development projects, and almost 600 public research projects at universities, research institutes and universities of applied sciences. Research, development and innovation funding is targeted to projects that create in the long-term the greatest benefits for the economy and society. Participation of enterprises is a requirement for funding. Tekes highlights the importance of economic impacts in its funding decisions.
local production with the help of 4.0 technologies, nano/biotechnologiespossibly, already funded, currently fundingantti.rehunen@ymparisto.fi
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Jaana KaipainenJaana.Kaipainen@mmm.fihttp://mmm.fi/en/frontpageyespossiblyyesAt the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the core task of research and development activities is to proactively produce knowledge, expertise and innovations to support decision-making, promote the competitiveness of economic activities and ensure the sustainable use of renewable natural resources. The Ministry’s research and development appropriation is used, in particular, to fund research, development and study projects that support planning, foresight, monitoring and impact assessment activities concerning policy measures and legislation. The Development Fund for Agriculture and Forestry (Makera) grants R&D funding for research activities that benefit the agri-food sector across a broad front. The main focus is on research concerning the sustainable development of the profitability and competitiveness of livelihoods. Makera also provides funding for research on reindeer husbandry, natural means of livelihood and development activities in the Skolt Sámi area and rural research and development projects.
New innovative ways and technologies to use land in an optimal way possiblyantti.rehunen@ymparisto.fi


Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Marion BARDYmarion.bardy@agriculture.gouv.frhttp://www,agriculture.gouv.frunknownyesyesHow to manage the multifunctionality of agricultural soils, also takes into account in the decision making - transverse to several themes. What means of action / levers for actors managing agricultural ecosystems
Improve soil data used in agricultural and agri-environmental decision-support tools Protection of data-providers (farmers) New methods for data collection (complementary to field surveys) Participatory approaches Issue of uncertainties on dataquestion of uncertainties about theses data? French Thematic Network (RMT Sols et Territoires) Inra « Soil and Society » group (for participatory approaches)yes, currently fundingmc.dictor@brgm.fr


Federal Ministry of Education and Resarch
Dr. Kristina Grossk.gross@fz-juelich.dewww.ptj.deyeayesyes
Urban and rural areas are closely interrelated and depending heavily on to each other. Urbanization and digitization - these and other trends urgently need to redefine functional urban areas and the urban-rural relationships. Coping with conflicts and initiating sustainable land use is of central importance. As part of the initiative “Future Cities” urban-rural relationships are part of intensive research activities in Germany. The BMBF is therefore interested to exchange in an international dialogue.possiblyuwe.ferber@stadtland.eu


Edoardo Staculestacul@invitalia.itwww.invitalia.ityesyesyesAs expected outcome I hope to join a transnational critical mass to develop applied research foscused on the selected relevant items.
ABBACO Project (funded through CIPE funds) - RIGECA Project (waiting for funding from CIPE) possibly, currently fundingmatteo.tabasso@siti.polito.it


implementation programme soil and subsurface
Leo Hamerlinck (via Linda Maring)linda.maring@deltares.nlhttps://www.bodemplus.nl/onderwerpen/bodem-ondergrond/bodemconvenant/thema/kennis/uitvragen/uitvraag-2017/aanbestedingsvormen/xxxpossiblypossiblyThis programme has budget untill (10 mln between 2017-2020) for soil and subsurface. They use the Dutch knowledge agenda soil and subsurface (which is the same as the dutch contribution to the INSPIRATION agenda) as leading research questions. They set out different calls (next call is on climate / rural area, nature / infrastructure or energy, max 150 KEUR, 50% cofininancing needed, deadline Nov 29 2017 ) They are open for collaboration in europe. how and on which topics is not specified yest. Probably theyw ant to arrange this via the Knowledge and Innovation Program Soil and Subsurface (also entered in this database)



Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Maria MaiaMaria.Maia@fct.ptwww.fct.ptPermission for what?yesyes
Center on Spatial and Organizational Dynamics
Thomas Panagopoulostpanago@ualg.pthttp://cieo.pt/mission.phpyespossiblyyes
António José Conde Buzio Sampaio Ramos






The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agrucultural Sciences and Spatial Planning
Elisabet Goranssonelisabet.goransson@formas.sewww.formas.seyespossiblypossiblyMay be a change of Contact person


Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF
c/o Marco Pützmarco.puetz@wsl.chwww.snf.chnonono
Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN
c/o Marco Pützmarco.puetz@wsl.chwww.bafu.admin.chnonono

United Kingdom

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.

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Exploiting modern data capture, transfer and analysis technologies will improve land management practices and permitting and allow a more nature based approach to industrial and organic methods of farming and forestry.
Using modern information technology will deliver a more consistent approach to land management practice and regulation reducing unnecessary costs and avoiding land degradation that compromises ecosystem services.
The ability to gather large, real time datasets on land quality brings with it challenges of interpretation and handling uncertainty in ways that are meaningful to land managers.
Introducing modern data science into land management will ensure efficient means of meeting societal demands for resources.

Increasing societal demand on land resources and biomass cause land use pressure and endanger ecosystem functions and sustainability of land, water and bio-resources. Classical technologies focus preliminarily on conventional sectors like agricultural mechanization or landscape engineering. Innovative Key Enabling Technologies KET and eco-engineering as basis for integrated solutions may facilitate a greener economy at larger scale for farmers, forest managers and rehabilitation-related SME to support a future development contributing to a sustainable land management. However, the societal acceptance for KET is restricted. Thus understanding and raising awareness for modern sustainable technologies is also a key challenge.

Background: Increasing societal demand on land resources and biomass cause land use pressure and endanger ecosystem functions and sustainability of land, water and bio-resources. Classical technologies focus preliminarily on conventional sectors like agricultural mechanization or landscape engineering. Innovative Key Enabling Technologies KET and eco-engineering as basis for integrated solutions may facilitate a greener economy at larger scale for farmers, forest managers and rehabilitation-related SME to support a future development contributing to a sustainable land management. However, the societal acceptance for KET is restricted. Thus understanding and raising awareness for modern sustainable technologies is also a key challenge.
Goal: Develop land use and region-specific manageable, economically viable and sociologically sound technologies and eco-engineering for agricultural, forest and urban areas contributing to a productive and safe environment
Rationale from the themes: Demand: Knowledge and application of suitable approaches in order to increase potentials and reduce risks of technologies (such as rebound effects) which contribute to a sustainable planning, management, and governance of land use. Research demand is on modern and cost-efficient on-site monitoring sensitive with sensor techniques for water, nutrient (e.g. nitrogen) and vulnerability status of soil and water that may result in an advanced survey of quality-proven data at larger scales.In this regard, success and advances in remote sensing technologies will be useful for determining fertility status (crop yield, plant nutrition, soil compaction), soil quality (e.g. control and prevention of soil erosion and -salinisation), plant cover (farming, up-ground biodiversity), pattern recognitions and land use changes at the micro- and meso-scale.
Natural Capital: Both sustainable use and preservation or protection of natural capital and ecosystem services need innovative technologies which can support the future potential of biological, soil and water resources. Special attention should be given to degraded rural, industrial and urban areas: there technological tools for minimization and remediation of soil and water pollution or for re-vegetation of degraded areas (soils, vegetation cover) can be improved by bio-engineering and restoration using modern breeding and planting techniques.
Land Management: For a future sustainable land management ecologically sound and economically viable technologies are crucial prerequisites which must be accepted and operated by land users and the civil society in order to be efficient. This concerns the whole value-chain in agricultural and forest management (from seeding/planting to harvest), subsequent conversion of harvested biomass, innovative approaches in recycling of residues (e.g. composting), conservation agriculture and procedures, and for managing contaminated sites (e.g. phyto-sanitation). This importance holds both for conventional and for organic farming. For water technologies there is a demand for an increasing water use efficiency; special attention needs grey-water treatment and re-use in agriculture and horticulture improving water resources especially in continental and Mediterranean regions.

Net Impact: Provision of permanently available quality-proven data (scenarios) and technologies are crucial for land users, planners and decision makers. Currently, data access and -availability are severely delayed due to data gaps, bad data quality, or incompatible data formats, a long time-span between data acquisition and data processing, and access to (site-/ region specific) data for farmers, planners, decision makers and the civil society, . Focus should be given on regional-specific land use ownership and small- to medium-scaled enterprises. Data security is overall the most challenging issue in future data management. Furthermore, there are considerable knowledge gaps for how to bridge public reservations against new technologies and their considerations with regard to their future potentials and risks.
So what? Modern rural and urban land use without sound and appropriate sustainable technologies, comprehensive data availability, and purposeful communication is no longer imaginable today. Eco-engineering deals with the design, monitoring and management of both rural and urban ecosystems and can integrate human society into the natural and man-made environment. Future innovative technologies and eco-engineering must consider the regional societal demands and socio-economic conditions. The need for reaching a sustainable intensification via conventional- or organic agriculture and forestry, a region- and site-specific reclamation and rehabilitation of degraded or stressed landscapes is high serving to assess and manage also smaller farm or economic structures. Research demand exists for agricultural- and forest land management (e.g. soil cultivation, planting and plant protection, harvest), for a efficient and clean re-use of nutrients and water (e.g. composts, grey water), for storm water management, for reclamation of brownfields and heavily degraded areas (erosion, landslides), for high-quality on- and off-site sensor techniques, and for communication technologies to reach distinct target groups inside (farmers) and outside (civil society). Sound innovative technologies may support biological conservation or re-habilitation of heavily degraded landscapes. Focus should be given also to modern, target-group specific information technologies for raising a science-based knowledge and awareness. And finally, industry strongly needs planning security in order to invest in goal-oriented new technologies targeting the Sustainable Development Goals.
Links to other fields: Technologies in their broader context gain increased importance not only for the conventional management of rural and urban resources, but also for an appropriate, target-group specific knowledge transfer and participation.

Activities: knowledge transfer, demonstration, training and education, networking

Goals: No poverty, Clean water & sanitation, Decent work and economic growth, Industry innovation and infrastructure, Sustainable cities and communities, Responsible consumption, Climate action, Life below water, Life on land

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