Managing soil and groundwater impacts from agriculture for sustainable intensification

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Agricultural production in Europe has significantly damaged soil and water resources, ecosystem biodiversity, socio-economic well-being and contributed to climate change. Expected further intensification of production to ensure food safety for population growth must be sustainable to minimise future impacts and negative externalities.

This European Innovative Training Network addresses these challenges by training 15 early stage researchers, across 11 European beneficiary institutions and 19 additional partner organisations, in cutting edge research skills and innovative approaches to manage soil and groundwater impacts from agriculture for sustainable intensification. It supports EU policy goals on food security, resource conservation, renewable energy and climate change, and the aims of the H2020 Societal Challenge 5 Work Programme for sustainable management of the environment and its resources.

The scientific objectives focus on developing

  1. Management techniques which mitigate environmental impacts of agricultural practices on soil, water and climate systems, and support sustainable intensification using new production methods;
  2. "Smart" environmental monitoring, biotechnology and modelling tools to predict the outcome of measures and practices in (1);
  3. Decision-making tools with sustainability indicators to implement sustainable agricultural production methods.



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Project dates

Start Date : 01/04/2016
End Date : 31/03/2020 



People involved

Professor Steven Thornton

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