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Commission Européenne (CORDIS) 2009

FUNCITREE : Functional Diversity : An ecological framework for sustainable and adaptable agro-forestry systems in landscapes of semi-arid and arid eco-regions

Agro-Forestry Landscape

CORDIS (Service Communautaire d’Information sur la Recherche et le Développement) Commission Européenne

Titre : FUNCITREE : Functional Diversity : An ecological framework for sustainable and adaptable agro-forestry systems in landscapes of semi-arid and arid eco-regions

Région : Dryland

Code du projet : 227265 FP7-KBBE

Durée : From 2009-05-01 to 2013-06-30

Descriptif
The increasing demand of livestock products, larger climate uncertainty and resource degradation, and the rampant poverty of farmers in the semi-arid tropics calls for modernized agroforestry systems (AFS) capable of providing multiple functions. The project will develop regionally specific, trait-based and field tested AFS capable of providing critical agro-ecosystem functions in semi-arid Africa and Central America. The primary objective is to provide farmers with a portfolio of regionally suitable tree and shrub species organized by their traits or attributes, in relation to the provisioning of multiple services, as perceived by the farmers and in terms of fundamental ecological functions. The project will make substantial contributions to AF and ecological science through its integration of theories and concepts from both fields, and will thereby provide a scientifically based model for the design of modernized AFS. The project will identify, and characterize the main factors influencing the adoption/non adoption of AF in selected target areas. It will improve the performance of AFS in dry and marginal areas with particular focus on how species can be assembled according to their traits to improve the multi-functionality of AFS and will identify the potential of new multipurpose tree species suitable for AF in dry and marginal areas by grouping these species according to their functional traits and their capacity to provide critical AFS services. The project will specifically enhance the synergies between the species traits and model how trait combinations contribute to the multi-functionality of AFS including soil, trees, crop/pasture and livestock. We will evaluate the short and medium environmental impacts of AF and its socio-economic implications through sophisticated interdisciplinary models and will produce policy recommendations aimed at promoting AFS and related husbandry practices best adapted to specific local needs, yet universal in scope

Participants au projet
Coordinateur : STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FOR NATURFORSKNING NINA (Norway)
Participants : CENTRO AGRONOMICO TROPICAL DE INVESTIGACION Y ENSENANZA CATIE Costa Rica ; WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITEIT Netherlands AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS Spain ; CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONAL EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT France INSTITUT SENEGALAIS DE RECHERCHES AGRICOLES Senegal ; INSTITUT D’ECONOMIE RURALE Mali

Budget
Coût total : EUR 3 811 001
Contribution UE : EUR 2 903 597

Présentation : Commission Européenne

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