An important strength of the LANDSUPPORT project s related to the very close links that the project has with the relevant scientific community on the one hand, and with the relevant stakeholders on the other – often overlapping with future end-users of the S-DSS tools.

LANDSUPPORT: a project well rooted in the European scientific community

Several LANDSUPPORT partners are involved, or have been involved, in related research projects at the international European and national scale – and thus they ensure the links with LANDSUPPORT and the latest scientific advancement in relevant fields (e.g. DSS development, soil sciences etc.)., as these partners act as a bridge with these projects and their teams.

These projects are listed in the table below.

The LANDSUPPORT Stakeholder Group

The Stakeholder Group (SHG) was created at the beginning of the project to help LANDSUPPORT maximize its impact. The SHG is the backbone of LANDSUPPORT participatory and testing activities (WP7 and WP6), as it brings together all key stakeholders including experts from science, farming and urban planning association, agro-tourism associations, and citizen representatives beyond the project partners. SHG members also provide targeted contributions to other activities (e.g. WP1, WP3), based on the type of future use that they will make of LANDSUPPORT tools.

SHG members belong to five categories: international organizations, professional organizations, research institutions, public authorities and local communities.

The SHG meets once a year during General Assembly meetings, and contributes in between these by electronic means to help steer research, knowledge transfer, dissemination, and outreach of the project in an openly engaged way. In addition, members of the SHG are also invited to participatory activities under WP7 – although these activities are not limited to SHG members only.

The list of members is continually expanded throughout the project duration, as stakeholders can join the Group at any moment. The latest list of members is provided below, and it is regularly updated.

International organizations

  • Global Soil Partnership (GSP)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization – Regional Office for Near East and North Africa (FAO-RNE)
  • ELSA – European Land and Soil Alliance

Professional organizations

  • European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP-CEU)
  • Agricultural and Rural Youth Association – Hungary (AGRYA-HU)
  • Confagricoltura – Italy
  • National Institute of Urban Planners – Italy (INU)
  • Local wine-making associations – Italy (Vita Salernum, Sannio DOP, Consorzio Tutela Vini Vesuvio)

Public authorities

  • Chamber for Agriculture – Hungary
  • Institute for Land and Water Management Research – Austria (ILWM-AU)
  • Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety – Austria (AGES-AU)
  • Authority Land Reform Lower Austria (ALR-AU)
  • General Directorate of Planning and Conservation of Agricultural Lands, Ministry of Agriculture – Tunisia
  • Institut National de la Recherche en Génie Rural, Eaux et Forêts (INRGREF)
  • Betriebsgesellsschaft Marchfeldkanal – Austria (BM-AU)

Local communities

  • Telese Municipality – Italy
  • Keszthely Municipality – Hungary
  • Telesia Multi-functional High School