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THUENEN-INSTITUTE

JOHANN HEINRICH VON THUENEN-INSTITUT, BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER LAENDLICHE RAEUME, WALD UND FISCHEREI
Country: Germany

THUENEN-INSTITUTE

56 Projects, page 1 of 12
  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 773499
    Overall Budget: 999,824 EURFunder Contribution: 999,824 EUR

    Impact assessments in the areas of agriculture are (partly) based on projections delivered by models. Sectoral policies are becoming more and more interrelated. Hence, there is a need to improve the capacity of current models, connect them or redesign them to deliver on an increasing variety of policy objectives, and to explore future directions for agricultural modelling in Europe. SUPREMA comes to address this challenge by proposing a meta-platform that supports modelling groups linked already through various other platforms and networks. SUPREMA should help close the gaps between expectations of policy makers and the actual capacity of models to deliver relevant policy analysis. The SUPREMA model family includes a set of ‘core models’ that are already used in support of key European impact assessments in agriculture, trade, climate and bioenergy policies. The meta-platform, the enhanced linked system of existing core models and some key applications melt down in a Roadmap for future directions for agricultural modelling in Europe. The project has four coherent objectives: 1. A SUPREMA roadmap of future directions for modelling will be developed. 2. An enhanced and strengthened SUPREMA model family will be created. 3. Future directions of modelling in agriculture will be explored and tested. 4. A SUPREMA meta-platform will be established, to share and discuss the findings of the work with existing model platforms, research communities, and policy makers. The objectives of SUPREMA are iterative in nature and involve strong engagement with policy makers, and interaction with the scientific community, at the different stages. The models included in SUPREMA cover different spatial scales of analysis, agricultural activities, representation of technologies, but also different aspects of its market environment as well as multiple policies affecting agriculture directly or indirectly.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 952314
    Overall Budget: 895,000 EURFunder Contribution: 895,000 EUR

    In order to support the ambitious goals to raise the research profile of the coordinating institution and strengthen its research excellence in the highly demanding field of global climate change impact on the forest and whole bio-based sector-leading institutions agreed to collaborate on the jointly proposed project. The central European forests and its wood industry are facing strong and rapid changes - the most prominent being the Global Climate Change. The presented twinning proposal ‘Adaption strategies in forestry under global climate change impact’ (ASFORCLIC) analyses and prepares the forest-wood value chain for these changes including higher appearance and use of the lesser-used wood species. Over the last years, the Mendel University in Brno (MENDELU) has become a nucleus for an expert forum of partners in Central, Northern and Eastern Europe that facilitates integrated research activities and enhances communication among scientists, technologists, policy decision-makers, economists, and the public. Within the project, the participating institutions will form three working groups (WGs): (1) forest production and environment – (2) wood quantity and qualities – (3) market, economics and policy. WG1 focuses on the effects of the changing environment on forests’ tree species spectrum and structural composition, health and growth, and analyses different adaption strategies. WG2 studies the utilization of new wood-material under anticipated changes in wood assortments and properties. New material can be adapted and modified, or even be used for completely new products on the market. WG3 will accompany the changes in forests and wood products from an economic perspective and investigate how political decisions support promising adaption strategies. The project focuses on the definition of joint research avenues within and also gives specifically focus on the support provided to the Early-stage researchers.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 101134991
    Overall Budget: 4,000,000 EURFunder Contribution: 4,000,000 EUR

    MoniFun will use a multi-actor approach to co-create a blueprint for a harmonized European Forest Multifunctionality Monitoring System (EFMMS), which consolidates currently fragmented information about the forest multifunctionality into a comprehensive, interoperable information system that integrates existing platforms and data sources, and fulfils the needs of diverse stakeholders, policies and society. First MoniFun will map the information needs of different stakeholders. Then experts in different fields of forest ,multifunctionality will co-develop these information needs into harmonized indicators and co-create a technical description of EFMMS and proposals for its permanent governance and funding. Smooth routines are developed and validated using datasets of project beneficiaries for (a) using of field plot data (e.g. from NFIs) with remote sensing data (e.g. Copernicus) for mapping of forest multifunctionality without compromising the confidentiality of the plot coordinates, (b) using artificial intelligence for real-time monitoring of rapid changes in forests, (c) producing harmonized statistical estimates with accuracy and granularity meeting the stakeholder information needs and (d) forecasting ecosystem services related to climate and biodiversity for various timespans to evaluate the effects of forest policies. Grants to third parties will be used for validating the developed methods and analysing the possibilities for using blockchains for updating information from existing datasets to EFMMS. Efficient information sharing with several past and ongoing projects (DIABOLO, PathFinder, FORWARDS, ForestPaths) is ensured by including project coordinators as partners in MoniFun. The blueprint will respond to the urgent need for the development of European Forest Monitoring system and after being implement, support successful planning, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based policies, as well as mitigation and adaptation measures at the European level.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 101134874
    Overall Budget: 5,434,000 EURFunder Contribution: 5,434,000 EUR

    The Common Agricultural Policy is the European Union's flagship policy for supporting the agricultural sector, ensuring food security, and safeguarding rural development while it is also a key tool for reaching the objectives of the European Green Deal, including the Farm to Fork and the Biodiversity Strategy. With these policy strategies, the EU aims for more sustainable food systems. Effectively supporting the policy impact assessment in this new context is a great challenge for the existing quantitative modelling tools as it requires them to substantially enhance the thematic coverage to comprehensively address all the components of the European Green Deal and ensure consistency with the monitoring systems in place. ACT4CAP27 responses to this challenge by enhancing the analytical capacity of the key policy tools (CAPRI,GLOBIOM,MAGNET,AGMEMOD) used by the European Commission to assess short-term and long-term policy impacts on EU’s agri-food systems and providing evidence-based knowledge supporting analysis for the design of agri-food policies post 2027. ACT4CAP27 develops a consistent, interdisciplinary methodological framework to operationalise and quantify relevant aspects of the EU agri-food system and related policies post 2027 and their economic, social (including health), environmental and climate sustainability impacts. Act4CAP27 addresses the main shortcomings of current modelling tools with its Act4CAP27 Modular Toolbox for EU Food System Modelling which provides a basis for innovation by creating a collaborative space and a modular model infrastructure for the whole EU agri-food research community and beyond. The Act4CAP27 Dissemination and Stakeholder Platform establishes an appropriate and inclusive engagement with stakeholders to co-create, communicate, and disseminate Act4CAP27 research results. ACT4CAP27 launches an Interactive Roadmap for guiding EU, national and regional policy makers weigh up policy objectives towards more sustainable outcomes.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 817566
    Overall Budget: 4,000,000 EURFunder Contribution: 4,000,000 EUR

    Agricultural policies like the EU CAP are widening the scope to contribute to the Paris climate agreement and the Sustainability Development Goals. From the Commission's legislative proposals (June 2018) it is expected that the European Union (EU) Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will be redesigned in line with this. Consequences are among others a move of the CAP to farm specific measures and an improved link to environment, climate change and ecosystem services. It is proposed that Member States and regions develop their own CAP strategic plan with more attention to the regional implementation of the CAP. This wider scope and measures with a focus on individual farmers ask for a new generation of impact assessment tools. Current state-of-the-art agricultural models are not able to deliver individual farm and local effects as they are specified at higher levels of aggregation. Making use of improved possibilities opened up by progress in the ICT area, our project MIND STEP will improve exploitation of available agricultural and biophysical data and will include the individual decision making (IDM) unit in policy models. Based on a common data framework MIND STEP will develop IDM models, including agent-based models, focussing on different topics in an integrated manner in different regional case studies. The IDM models will be estimated and calibrated using agricultural statistics and big datasets, drawing on established econometric and evolving machine learning techniques and using both traditional models of optimising behaviour and theories from behavioural economics. MIND STEP will closely cooperate with a range of stakeholders to co-create and apply the MIND STEP model toolbox to selected regional, national and EU wide policy cases. MIND STEP cooperates with other consortia under the topic to share ideas and innovations. Finally, MIND STEP develops an Exploitation Strategy and Plan to guarantee the sustainability of the project results upon its completion.

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