30 May 2018 389

The EU funded LANDSUPPORT project kicks off!

Today, the Kick-Off meeting of the EU funded LANDSUPPORT project, officially launched on May 1st, is taking place close to Naples, Italy. The project partners, an international and complementary group of research centres, SMEs and policy makers - among which CMAST - aim to develop an integrated web-based decision support system for the implementation of agricultural and environmental policies.

The LANDSUPPORT research project envisages an open and freely accessible decision support system that enables the evaluation of trade-offs between land uses to support the development of sustainable agriculture, forestry and environmental policies and practices. It will include a combination of user-friendly tools to help determine the impact of land use decisions at multiple scales, through data collection, integration, modelling and analysis.

The coordinator of the project is Prof Fabio Terribile, Director of the CRISP interdepartmental research centre at the University of Naples Federico II:

With LANDSUPPORT, we want to show that the reconciliation of agricultural and environmental goals in land use management is not a wicked, unsolvable problem but a complex challenge that can be addressed by a thorough analysis of the appropriate supporting data.

An important objective of the project is therefore the integration of already existing databases at different scales with new, high performance modelling engines simulating agriculture & forestry, land degradation and environmental issues. The system will be validated (e.g. crop yield) by remote sensing data and will be based on state of the art technology for the developing environment (i.e. COMPSs), high-performing computing (e.g. GPU) and massive raster data management (e.g. RASDAMAN).

The main innovation of LANDSUPPORT is that we want to integrate decisions at many geographical scales in one toolset, enabling to align agricultural and environmental sustainability policy ambitions with very local operational realities, which are often neglected. To demonstrate this concept, LANDSUPPORT will run testcases at four geographic scales: EU, National (Italy, Hungary, Austria), Regional (an Italian and Hungarian region) and locally (pilot sites in Austria, Italy, Hungary, Tunisia and Malaysia).
Prof Terribile

In the meantime, the partners will continuously interact with end users at the different levels that are targeted, to address important expectations head-on and thereby ensure that the final toolset will meet the end user requirements.

We want our LANDSUPPORT system to remain freely available to the end users after the project and to ensure that it will be used on a much longer term. Perhaps the most important task in the project is therefore to interact with our stakeholders on a regular basis. For example, there will be workshops with end users already during the development phase and trainings will be organized as soon as a first subset of tools is available.
Prof Terribile

The LANDSUPPORT project is funded by EU’s Horizon 2020 programme for a total budget of close to 7 million euros. Next to the University of Naples, the other project partners constitute an international group of research centres, policy makers and SMEs with various expertise in the domains of land use, agriculture, environment and geographical data management (full list below).

Our consortium consists mainly of European partners, from Italy, Austria, Spain, France, Hungary, Germany, Slovenia and Belgium, but also includes international research centres in Lebanon and in Malaysia.
Prof Terribile

If successful, the partners believe that this project will contribute to the implementation and impact of current European land policies as well as the UN sustainable development goals on sustainable cities and communities, climate action and life on land.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 774234.

The role of CMAST in this project

CMAST will support the project coordinator in bringing the different partners together and managing the project, and will be actively involved in the organisation of dissemination and stakeholder engagement activities.

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Full list of partners:

  • UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II (Italy)
  • ARIESPACE SRL (Italy)
  • BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER (Spain)
  • UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN (Austria)
  • CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE (Italy)
  • CROPS FOR THE FUTURE RESEARCH CENTRE (Malaysia)
  • INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH IN THE DRY AREAS (Lebanon)
  • FELSOBBFOKU TANULMANYOK INTEZETE (Hungary)
  • ISPRA - ISTITUTO SUPERIORE PER LA PROTEZIONE E LA RICERCA AMBIENTALE (Italy)
  • RASDAMAN GMBH (Germany)
  • JRC - JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE EUROPEAN COMMISSION (Belgium)
  • REGIONE CAMPANIA (Italy)
  • PANNON EGYETEM (Hungary)
  • UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO (Italy)
  • ZALA MEGYEI ONKORMANYZATA (Hungary)
  • CMAST (Belgium)
  • ACTEON SARL (France)
  • UMWELTBUNDESAMT GESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG GMBH (Austria)
  • GOZDARSKI INSTITUT SLOVENIJE (Slovenia)