T35 / LM4

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

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Europe
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom



Czech Republic

Zdenek Semorad
xyzdenek.semorad@mmr.czhttps://www.mmr.cz/cs/Regionalni-politika-a-cestovni-ruch/Podpora-regionu/Programy-Dotace/Archiv-programu-a-dotaci-regionalni-politiky-(1)/Podpora-regionalniho-rozvoje-v-roce-2005/Vyzkum-a-jeho-programyyespossiblynoResearch for Needs of Regions - Ministry of Regional Development of CZ
Jiri Krechl
xyresearch@czechinvest.orghttp://www.czechinvest.org/en/research-development36yespossiblynoProgramme for support of applied research - CzechInvest Agency. The Czech Republic has a strong academic background which consists of nine main technical universities providing natural-sciences study programmes, including energy technologies. Added value derives from cooperation with leading Czech companies focusing on R&D projects involving advanced technology products.Another aspect of success in research is that the Czech Republic is home to a broad range of science and technology parks and innovation centres.These aspects give the Czech Republic a leading position among its main competitors in the region, according to fDI intelligence source.



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.
compensation measurespossibly, already funded, currently fundingantti.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
peri-urban spaces, how to control / arbitrate between soil functions preserving for future generations is a concern for farmers (how to transmit good quality soil)yesmc.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



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)
for call ending 29 nov 2017yes, currently fundinglinda.maring@deltares.nl



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





Basque Government
Ignacio de la Puerta Director of Spatial Planning, Urbanism and Urban Regeneration- Basque Governmentidelapuerta@euskadi.eushttp://www.euskadi.eus/gobierno-vasco/departamento-medio-ambiente-politica-territorial/inicio/YespossiblynoInterested in SRA and in following up the initiative of New Funder Platform
Inclusive urban regeneration as a response to key urban challenges : liveability, industrial reconversion, brownfields, climate change mitigation and adaptation: i) methodologies and innovative technologies for inclusive urban regeneration ii) planning instruments and financial models iii) nature based solutions as driver for urban regenerationpossiblygemma.garcia@tecnalia.com
IHOBE Basque Environment Agency
Ana Alzola +34 94 423.07.43ana.alzola@ihobe.euswww.ihobe.eusyes but only within the interested partiespossiblyyesIhobe is the public agency for environmental management of the Basque Country. As such the organization has limited funding capacity. However Ms Alzola has tried to reflect in her responses the potential interest of the Department of Environment of the Basque Government with respect to the SRA. She is willing to participate in an online match making / meeting in the medium term though.
very interestedoutside our remitgemma.garcia@tecnalia.com


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

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.

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Funding research on sustainable rural land management will contribute to the further development of sustainable agriculture, preservation of nature and biodiversity, and the creation of attractive villages and cultural landscapes.
Farmers will benefit from research on sustainable rural land management, since it will provide them with new land and soil management options, which they can realise a profitable and sustainable business, ready for the future. Retailers and other intermediates will benefit through high quality produce and will become market leaders in sustainable trade. Citizens will benefit from this research since it will improve the quality of the rural landscape, creating a more attractive and healthier landscape for recreation and housing, protection of nature and biodiversity, and a healthy and sustainable food production system.
Research is needed on land management and steering mechanisms, the development of the land/real estate market and environmental compensation measures linked to ecosystem services. Also innovative management of agricultural land, respecting their multi-functionality, pressure on high-quality soils by settlements and species conservation, public awareness on the economic, ecological and societal value of landscapes, biodiversity versus fertility of soils, the role of the soil-water-sediment system in planning, and food security.
Sustainable rural land management refers to SDG 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss. Moreover, it is also linked with other societal challenges, related to e.g. the ageing population, and migration.

Sustainable rural land management refers to SDG 15: “Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss”. Relevant issues are agricultural land management, aiming at maintaining and possibly improving soil fertility, reducing eutrophication of groundwater and surface water through improved nutrient management, and prevention of soil compaction and accumulation of pesticide residues in soils. Nature and biodiversity conservation is another main issue as are rural depopulation and abandonment of the countryside. Next to these traditional rural land uses, also rural-urban partnerships are of relevance, in particular the pressure on high quality soils by new settlements, leading to urban sprawl and soil sealing. This is related also to the role of multifunctional areas within the spatial structure of Europe. Regional differences ask for tailor-made solutions. Multifunctional rural development may contribute to tackling societal challenges.

Sustainable urban land management is referring to a SDG Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss. Land-use transition through agricultural production and the development of the countryside settlement structure are closely related to one another and the rural ecosystem services. There are a number of factors related to the transition of agriculture to the urban land. Most important is the pressure on high quality soils by new settlements, which lead to urban sprawl and high level of soil sealing. Also demographic change and migration from rural to urban areas play important role in this process. However transition process also offers chances for experiments, new users and uses. Limited natural resources such as water and soil should be used and managed following the principle of sustainability, in order to preserve them for the next generations.
Due to high levels of urbanization in Europe, keeping balance between urban and rural areas became a crucial issue especially in the context of soil protection and land management in peri-urban and rural areas. Effects of loss of high quality agricultural land due to other land uses, e.g. energy production became a challenge for development of the rural areas. It should avoid extensive use of land, ensure soil protection, limit soil-sealing. Improvement of management measures for the cultivation of agricultural land is a very urgent topic because it addresses people worldwide. Implementable solutions with regard to the regional adaptation are necessary. An international implementation of improved management measures will have a tremendous impact for small- and large-scale farmers. Sustainable use of the soil and multifunctional rural development could contribute to tackle societal challenges without losing soil quality. Environmental issues in rural areas are almost always related to environmental-development relationships like productivity and sensitivity of natural systems, as well as environmental hazards risk. Research in the field of “Rural Areas, Landscape Transition and Ecosystem Services” is needed on management and steering mechanisms, the development of the land/real estate market and environmental compensation measures linked to ecosystem services. Other important field of research related to the management of rural, areas are: innovative management of agricultural land. respecting their multi-functionality, pressure on high quality soils by settlement and species conservation, public awareness, on the economical, ecological and social value of landscape, biodiversity versus fertility of soils, role of soil-sediment-water-systems in planning procedures, long-term safeguarding of food security.

Activities: knowledge transfer, knowledge creation, demonstration, training and education, survey and monitoring, networking

Goals: No poverty, Zero hunger, Good health Quality, Gender equality, Clean water & sanitation, Affodable and clean energy, Industry innovation and infrastructure, Reduced inequalities, Sustainable cities and communities, Responsible consumption, Climate action, Life below water, Life on land, Peace and justive, Partnership for the goals

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