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Scenarios for Agricultural Landscapes' Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services [SALBES]

Runtime: 2019 - 2022
Funding: Biodiversa and Belmont Forum
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Agricultural landscapes cover huge areas in Europe and are supposed to be the backbone of regional biodiversity.  While agricultural land use is changing constantly, the green infrastructure should keep its functionality or even be improved to deliver much needed ecosystem services. In the SALBES project, we take a close look at four agricultural landscapes in Austria, Estonia, Germany and Switzerland, where we combine the driving forces of the agricultural dynamics, ask regional stakeholders about their future visions and describe some development paths for the biological diversity. As main outcomes we aim at a novel understanding of the relations between agriculture and biodiversity protection, especially in respect to climatic changes and in economic terms. Accepting the dynamics of agricultural landscapes as inevitable, how can a “Safe operating space“ for the development be defined? We integrate three central components into the scientific process: The green landscape infrastructure, adaptive management schemes, and multi-actor approaches.


  • Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Müncheberg, GERMANY (lead partner)
  • Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, GERMANY
  • Stiftung Westfälische Kulturlandschaft, Münster, GERMANY
  • University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, AUSTRIA
  • University Vienna, AUSTRIA
  • Agroscope, Zurich, SWITZERLAND
  • Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, ESTONIA


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