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Europeans’ Strategic Research Agenda for Integrated Spatial Planning, Land Use and Soil Management

Land is a limited resource. There are different – synergistic or competing – options how land can be used. Any use does impact our soil, sediment and water system to which the land is linked. A good understanding of these complex linkages is essential in order to steward land to a more sustainable future for Europe’s citizens and its global partners. Research contributes to facilitate sustainable land management and support evidence based policy making.

Land management

Under this theme future challenges in R&I will be elaborated with special emphasis on land management (4D).

Land management focuses on the integrated use of sectorial and spatial instruments on sustainable land use in rural and urban areas. Topics could for instance be:

  • Criteria for a (region-specific) prioritization of agricultural (and forest) sites contributing to a sustainable planning and decision support of land;
  • Economic drivers in land use: an intra EU-comparison;
  • Creating land suitability and management systems types according to their resource input/output;
  • Spatial land management to fulfil biomass provision and ecosystem services;
  • Land management and improved spatial material/water flow management;
  • Diverse food production and raw material production systems;
  • Crop rotation and optimization of resources use (nutrients, water);
  • Chances and risks of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in future land management (criteria);
  • Potentials for urban farming systems (vegetables, fruits);
  • Land management adaptation to climate change;
  • Strategies to minimize land sealing.

ABOUT: INSPIRATION at a glance

Towards a strategic research agenda on soil, land-use and land management in Europe.

Land is a limited resource. There are different – synergistic or competing – options how land can be used. Any use does impact our soil, sediment and water system to which the land is linked. A good understanding of these complex linkages is essential in order to steward land to a more sustainable future for Europe’s citizens and its global partners. Research contributes to facilitate sustainable land management and support evidence based policy making.

Aim: INSPIRATION is a coordination and support action funded by the European Commission in order to develop a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for Europe on soil, land use and land management.

A public version of the "Europeans’ Strategic Research Agenda for Integrated Spatial Planning, Land Use and Soil Management" developed in INSPIRATION