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BIONÆR-Bionæringsprogram

Balancing production and environment

Alternative title: Arealbruk for en bærekraftig balanse mellom matproduksjon og miljø

Awarded: NOK 5.4 mill.

The PROENV project (balancing PROduction and ENVironment) will explore the impact of land spare and land share approaches to balance the impact of food-production while preserving ecosystem services. In the land spare approach, the landscape is divided into areas with intensive agriculture, and areas of no agriculture. The latter areas are to compensate and provide other ecosystem services that may suffer in intensive-only areas. In the land share approach the intensity is limited in the whole area. This results in a less partitioned landscape, where shared land provides all ecosystem services including agriculture. Organic or agroecological methods are often relevant. The comparison of methods provides a framework to decide if the balance between production and other ecosystem services is best achieved using either of the two methods or a mixed approach for a particular region. We will adapt existing software for improved data-modelling of manure N utilization at field, farm and regional scales and reduce nitrogen losses from manure. The tool was developed for use in a specific geographic region. We will adapt the modelling capacities for use in multiple regions in Europe. PROENV will gather stakeholders (farmer’s organisations and environmental regulators) internationally and locally for dialogue meetings to uncover practical and legal barriers to optimized resource utilization. The results will be presented in public webinars. In addition to scientific articles in peer reviewed journals, results will be presented in short, targeted videos and popular articles. ProEnv has partners from Denmark (Lead), Spain, Italy, and Norway. The Norwegian partners will mainly work on Farm-scale measures, exploring the role of intensification on GHG emissions, energy consumption, nutrient balance, biodiversity and economy. Intensification is defined as increased purchase of nutrients and energy on a farm-level. A PhD study in systems analysis and modelling will be central.

The PROENV project (balancing PROduction and ENVironment) will explore the impact of the land spare and land share approaches to balance production and ecosystem services. In a land spare approach, the landscape is partitioned into areas with highly productive agriculture and areas with extensive or no agriculture that provide other ecosystem services. In the land share approach the farming intensity is limited in the whole area. This results in a less partitioned landscape, where the shared land provides all ecosystem services including agriculture. This will provide a framework to decide if the balance between production and other ecosystem services is best achieved using a land spare, land share or a mixed approach for a particular region. We will investigate measures to reduce nitrogen losses from manure and contribute to the adaptation of existing software to enable modelling of manure N utilization at field, farm and regional scales. The tool was developed for use in a specific geographic region. In PROENV, its technical and modelling capacities will be extended for use in other regions of Europe. PROENV will gather stakeholders (farmer’s organisations and environmental regulators) internationally and locally for dialogue meetings to uncover practical and legal barriers to optimized resource utilization. The results will be presented in public webinars. In addition to scientific articles in peer reviewed journals, results will be presented in short, targeted videos and popular articles at PROENV’s webpage and on partners' social media channels. The Norwegian partners will mainly work on Farm-scale measures. The role of intensification on GHG emissions, energy consumption, nutrient balance, biodiversity and economy will be explored. Intensification is defined as increased purchase of nutrients and energy on a farm-level. A PhD study in systems analysis (LCA and other modelling tools) will be central. The Norwegian partner will lead the dissemination.

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BIONÆR-Bionæringsprogram