a LANDSUPPORT hands-on workshop at the IEMSs conference 2020

The iEMSs Conference aims at enhancing sustainable resource management by bringing together researchers, stakeholders and decision makers engaged with environmental modelling, software and related topics, in order to exchange information, improve cooperation, promote interdisciplinarity and stimulate developments. The 2020 edition was held on September 14-18 in a virtual format, and the focus was on “Modelling for environmental sustainability” – where large attention was devoted to decision making and public participation in environmental modelling.

The LANDSUPPORT project was presented to the community by Fabio Terribile, our project coordinator. Furthermore, the project team organized a hands-on workshop to guide users LANDSUPPORT S-DSS platform and specifically on two tools from European level to regional/local scale: (i) Pollutants transport & groundwater vulnerability and (ii) Land take & Land Degradation Neutrality. The session also gave room to discussions among participants and the project team.

DSS for land policies implementation: relationship between land use and climate change

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Virtual workshop – 30th June 2020

Which relationships exist between different land uses and climate change? And how can innovative decision-support platforms can support the investigation of these relationships?

These questions will be discussed at the virtual workshop, where the LANDSUPPORT platform will be used to demonstrate the operational aspects of DSS systems during a hands-on session.

The workshop is organized by the Ministry of the Environment with the scientific support of CRISP, University of Naples Federico II and CNR ISAFOM.
Participation is reserved to public administration officials

Participation to the workshop is reserved to public administration officials

Soil4Life-Forum for the sustainable management of soil resources

LANDSUPPORT coordinator CRISP UNA and ISPRA will join the Soil4Life Forum on December 12th for the sustainable managament of soil resources that will take place in ISPRA Headquarters in Roma.

Workshop WP7 – Tool on LANDTAKE

On Wednesday 6th of November 2019 in Naples, the Tool on LAND TAKE is being presented at the Directorate General for Agricultural Policies (Campania Region) offices. In particular it’s access methods, databases, queries, developed indicators, as well as the reporting forms are being illustrated. The mentioned Tool was previously presented (June 2019) to the European Commission, who showed to be very interested in this application, which is able to supply data results relating to the whole territory of the European Union.

The land consumption trend in Italy, which also involves soils characterized by high fertility, has now become unsustainable, both in terms of quality and quantity. As the latest ISPRA report showed, Land Consumption in Italy keeps growing: the new artificial roofs in 2018 involved 51 square kilometers of land: that is to say, on average, about 14 hectares per day. The H2020 LANDSUPPORT project intends to answer to the question: what tools have we got, among the different contexts of land management, to contrast and monitor soil consumption and soil sealing as well as the subsequent loss of ecosystem services?

Our presentation will be displayed directly on the S-DSS smart decision support system, already available on the web platform , which is able to integrate territorial and environmental data and analysis and evaluation models, in order to make information tools available for a sustainable soil and territory management in different areas (agriculture, forestry, urban areas) and to support the reporting and the urban and territorial planning.

LANDSUPPORT joins the Wageningen Soil conference 2019

Wageningen University & Research, ISRIC and IBED organized the fourth edition of the Wageningen Soil Conference from August 27th to 30th.

In the 2019 edition, the focus was on “Understanding soil functions: from ped to planet”.

Gina Marano – UNA – attended the side conference event SOIL HORIZON workshop organized by iSQAPER & LANDMARK H2020 projects, under the invitation of Rachel Cramer (LANDMARK’s coordinator, WUR) as Landsupport’s expert in a panel for evaluating ISQ4aper and Soil Navigator (LANDMARK’s DSS, soilnavigator.eu).

GM at WS conference

Land Take Tool at the First Joint Meeting on SPSS 2019

The Land take tool of LANDSUPPORT has been presented by Fabio Terribile and Giuliano Langella – UNA – as keynote lecture at the First Joint Meeting on Soil and Plant System Sciences (SPSS 2019).

The meeting, organized by the Italian Society of Agricultural Chemistry (SICA), the Italian Society of Pedology(SIPe) and the Italian Society of Soil Science (SISS), took place at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute Campus in Valenzano(Bari, Italy), 23-26 September 2019.

LANDSUPPORT Land Take tool at the ECTP Biennial 2019

The 13th European Biennial of “Town and town planners” from september 11th to 13th, 2019, promoted by the European Council of Town Planners (ECTP-CEU), brought together urban planners, designers, sociologists, historians (of architecture), politicians and other professionals to discuss the issues and share information and lessons learned.


The event focused on knowing how urban planners and designers throughout Europe deal with changes in the cultural and technological environments.

In such a framework, prof. Francesco Domenico Moccia – UNA – displayed the Land Take LANDSUPPORT tool with a hand on section in a special booth, demostrating that LS DSS, working at landscape scale, can represent a new approach to mitigate land take in multiscale land planning procedures.

LANDSUPPORT hits the news!

Check our freshly selected selection of articles following the project Press Conference held in Brussels on July 3rd:

Throwback on the press conference in Brussels

A press conference on 3 July presented the project and allowed attendees to get hands-on with some of the web-based tools at its core. Comments and input came from agriculture and soil experts from LANDSUPPORT, the European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP), the Istituto Nazionale di Urbanistica (INU), and the Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA).

To encourage better policy decisions and protect against land degradation, the project created the Land Take tool – one component of a web-based, open access GeoSpatial Decision Support System (S-DSS) – the LANDSUPPORT S-DSS platform. It employs a combination of data, modelling, and on-the-fly calculations to analyse, monitor and mitigate land take for the entire European territory.

The tool has a number of potential applications – aiding National Public Authorities who require ongoing monitoring of land take in their territory; assisting planning at a regional or provincial level where planning guidelines need to be adopted; and informing decisions at an administrative level where final land take decisions are made.

General Assembly 2019 in Balatongyörök in Hungary

The LANDSUPPORT General Assembly 2019 was held in Balatongyörök, Hungary, hosted by project local partners University of Pannonia and Zala County.

All LANDSUPPORT partners from all corners of the world (Europe, North Africa and Malaysia) met for the first time after the Kickoff meeting in Naples, in May 2018. Thus, a full project year has already passed by, and the GA was the occasion to get together, present the results of the different work packages and work together on the next steps.

During the GA, the LANDSUPPORT consortium launched the Land-Take tool and its Graphical User Interface. It is the first of a series of tools which will compose the LANDSUPPORT DSS platform, and it specifically addresses land take issues, whereas other LANDSUPPORT tools which will be launched throughout the project will address different issues linked to land use, agriculture, forestry and environment.

Activities during the GA included plenary sessions, working group discussions and even a full-day field trip, where participants could put their hands on practical soil and land management issues in the beautiful setting of the lake Balaton and the surrounding Zala County. A video troupe followed the event for the three days, and the videos will be released soon – stay tuned if you don’t want to miss them!