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LIBERATION:
LInking farmland Biodiversity to Ecosystem seRvices for effective ecological intensification.

The next few decades will witness a rapidly increasing demand for agricultural products. This growing demand needs to be met largely through intensification (produce more from the same land surface) because there is little scope for an increase in agricultural area. Ecological intensification has been proposed as a promising solution.

Ecological intensification is the optimization of all provisioning, regulating and supporting ecosystem services in the agricultural production process. LIBERATION aims to provide the evidence base for ecological intensification and demonstrate the concept in seven representative agricultural landscape types in Europe. Using existing datasets from past and on-going European-scale studies we will first identify general relationships between the configuration of semi-natural habitats, on-farm management and biodiversity in a range of European landscapes and farming systems. Using a modelling approach we will link biodiversity to ecosystem services, by determining relationships between biodiversity, the delivery of multiple ecosystem services and agronomic yield.

A novel aspect is that LIBERATION considers above- and below-ground ecosystem services simultaneously and analyses synergies and trade-offs between different ecosystem services. Using this modelling approach we will analyse which on-farm management practices and spatial configuration of semi-natural habitats optimizes yield and which optimizes farm income.

We will synthesize management and policy recommendations. We will raise awareness and promote uptake of ecological intensification by disseminating project results to the widest possible range of stakeholders, amongst others by means of demonstration projects. This way we hope to liberate the forces of nature to the benefit of agricultural production.

Community of practice
We have prepared a number of discussions relevant to ecological intensification. For more information, and to join the discussions, please access the following link:
LIBERATION Community of Practice on Ecological Intensification


Survey on environmental management and risk
As part of the LIBERATION project, we are researching farmer’s practices and attitudes towards environmental management and risk. For the purposes of this study we are asking farmers to give us their views. . If you are a farmer yourself, it would be greatly appreciated if you could spare some time to fill in our online questionaire. The survey should take less than 15 minutes of your time. More information can be found via the weblink below:
Click here to start the online questionaire.

  Als onderdeel van het LIBERATION project, onderzoeken wij op dit moment de mening van landbouwers over mogelijke maatregelen voor het behouden en bevorderen van akkernatuur, en de huidige praktijk op landbouwbedrijven in Nederland. Tegelijk kijken we ook naar de manier waarop agrariërs omgaan met bedrijfsrisico’s, die in de landbouw kunnen samengaan met milieufactoren. Om hier meer informatie over te krijgen hebben we een enquête opgesteld, die in zes verschillende EU-landen, waaronder Nederland, wordt aangeboden aan agrariërs. Bent u zelf actief als landbouwer, dan zou u ons enorm helpen door onze online enquete in te vullen. Dit kost ongeveer 15 minuten. Meer informatie vind u via de onderstaande link.

 Im Rahmen des EU-Projektes LIBERATION untersuchen wir landwirtschaftliche Praktiken und die Einstellung von Landwirten im Bezug auf Umweltmaßnahmen und Risikobereitschaft. Zu diesem Zweck bitten wir Landwirte, uns ihre persönliche Meinung zu diesen Themen mitzuteilen. Falls Sie selbst Landwirt sind würden wir uns sehr freuen, wenn Sie sich die Zeit nehmen die online Umfrage auszufüllen. Die Umfrage sollte weniger als 15 Minuten in Anspruch nehmen. Mehr Informationen finden Sie auf dem unten stehenden Link:

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