For the second year in a row, the LANDSUPPORT team could not meet in person, and the 4th General Assembly meeting was organized online by project partner MODIS. And they did a good job, by balancing presentations, discussions and fun activities across three half days, from June 28th to 30th.
This GA came about at a key moment of the LANDSUPPORT project: three years have already come by, and several tools are becoming available for testers and users. Besides, we are entering the final project year, and this requires a careful planning of activities, including the development of the final version of the tools and their promotion around Europe.
But even online, it was not only work-work-work, and we could also have some fun. Some pioneer LANDSUPPORT users made some videos to tell us about their experiences with LANDSUPPORT out there in the real world – for example, a local guide is using the dedicated tool to develop itineraries for ecotourists in Campania. During storytelling videos, we were happy to learn about the experiences that pioneer Landsupport users had with the tools applied in the real world. For example..Their positive feedback motivate us further to pursue our goals!
To bring faraway team members closer to each other, MODIS divided us in groups and organized a quiz with questions about the five continents – to give us a bit of a travel feeling despite restrictions.
The next virtual GA is planned for October 26, 2021. The final GA meeting – the one closing the project – will be in Naples next spring – where we hope to meet in person after such a long time.
A series of workshops have been implemented these last months to present the Landsupport tools to local stakeholders and potential users, in three countries: Italy, Austria and Hungary. The most recent one took place on July 28 in Zala County, Hungary.
Representants from the Local Government of Zala County presented several tools available on the Landsupport platform: tool A “Ameliorate implementation land policies “, tool B “Climate resilient agriculture”, tool D “CAP institutions”, tool E “Cross-compliance and conditionality”, tool F “Improve ecosystem services”, tool H Forestry”, tool M “Green infrastructure” and tool O “Sustainable tourism”), with 5 cross-thematic focuses: (1) Agrotourism – Label of your farm, (2) Gain of Ecosystem services, (3) New urban development, (4) Fragmentation and (5) Land-general climatic anomalies.
In total, 9 selected participants took part in these discussions. The workshop also served to identify additional stakeholders that would be interested in getting information on the results of the LANDSUPPORT project.
In the past weeks, LANDSUPPORTers have been very active in Italy, with online workshops, live round tables, interviews and contacts with the business and urban planning worlds. And the word is spreading!
A number of Italian press outlets have published articles on the LANDSUPPORT project, illustrating the advantages of the DSS platform for sustainable territorial planning and soil management.
Some links to read the articles (in italian)
A series of live round tables with LANDSUPPORT experts and guests, to discuss today’s policy and management challenges and how LANDSUPPORT tool can contribute in addressing them.
Watch them on our YouTube channel : https://cutt.ly/Landsupport-youtube
May 6th, 10 am
Land take: from tools to land management and agricultural policies. National perspectives from Italy and Hungary
with Gergely Tóth (iASK), Michele Munafò (ISPRA), Giuliano Langella (UNINA-CRISP) and Domenico Moccia (INU)
May 20th, 10 am
Modelling agricultural production: the ARMOSA model and the viticulture tool
with Alessia Perego (UNIMI) and Stefano Brenna (Lombardia Region) and Antonello Bonfante (ISAFOM-CNR)
May 27th, 10 am
Sistemi di supporto alla decisione nella pianificazione regionale: opportunità e prospettive (in Italian)
with Amedeo D’Antonio (Campania Region), Piero Manna (ISAFOM-CNR) and Carlo De Michele (ARIESPACE)
June 24th, 10 am
How a DSS can support (and strengthen) the implementation of the Pesticides and Nitrates Directives in Europe?
with Angelo Basile and Marialaura Bancheri (ISAFOM-CNR), Harald Loishandl-Weisz (Austrian Environment Agency)
October 20th, 10 am
Forest modelling today: geographical scales, data sources and applications to the real world
Gina Marano, Polytechnic of Zurich; Aleksandar Dujakovic, BOKU – University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences; Vienna Jernej Jevšenak, Slovenian Forestry Institute
What are the consequences of urban and spatial planning choices on our soils? How can we orientate urban planning choices towards greater environmental sustainability?
The Land Take tool on the LANDSUPPORT platform can provide answers to these questions! The tools perform analysis based on a what-if logic, simulating the effects on land take of urban and spatial planning choices. It also provides insights on related issues such as for example land fragmentation, urban sprawl and expected changes in ecosystem services.
The tool can be a powerful instrument for urban planners, public administrations – including environmental agencies – and researchers. It is currently in its beta version, and it is being developed in cooperation with some potential users, such as for example the Italian High Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), which publishes every year the national report on land take in Italy. The tool is currently in his beta version and everyone can try it out and use it.
Are you curious to know more?
Have a look at the latest scientific articles by LANDSUPPORT team members:
- Manna, P., Bonfante, A., Colandrea, M., Di Vaio, C., Langella, G., Marotta,M., Mileti, F.A., Minieri, L., Terribile, F., Vingiani, S., Basile, A., 2020. A geospatial decision support system to assist olive growing at the landscape scale. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, Volume 169.
- Lal, R., Brevik, E.C., Dawson, L., Field, D., Glaser, B., Hartemink, A.E., Hatano, R., Lascelles, B., Monger, C., Scholten, T., Singh, B.R., Spiegel, H., Terribile, F., Basile, A., Zhang, Y., Horn, R., Kosaki, T., Reyes Sánchez, L.B., 2020. Managing Soils for Recovering from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Soil Systems MDPI 4, 46.
- Basile, A., Albrizio, R., Autovino, D., Bonfante, A., de Mascellis, R., Terribile, F., Giorio, P., 2020. A modelling approach to discriminate contributions of soil hydrological properties and slope gradient to water stress in Mediterranean vineyards. Agricultural Water Management, Volume 241.
With the spring slowly unfolding, the LANDSUPPORT teams is developing two series of on-line events to get in touch with future users and followers:
- What is the context in which LANDSUPPORT tools are being developed? What are today’s policy and management challenges that the tools aim to address? LANDSUPPORT experts will discuss such challenges in a series of live round tables on our YouTube channels!
- Some LANDSUPPORT tools are already available on the DSS platform: how to use them? And what are the outcomes? LANDSUPPORT developers will show future users how to use our tools in a series of technical dissemination workshops in the project’s pilot countries and regions, starting with the Land Take tool.
On 25 January 2021, the LANDSUPPORT project had its 2nd Review Meeting with the European Commission and external reviewers. This Review Meeting served the Project Officer and reviewers to further understand project progress and ask questions, as well as to discuss the current status and next steps.
It was a full-day remote meeting that involved the Coordinator and Project Management Office, the Workpackage leads, and partners on the project side.
It can be stated that it was fruitful discussions and have led to some valuable input and insights for both, the project as well as the EC and reviewers.
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