Knowledge transfer and implementation of agroforesty systems in Austria
- Topic area
- Environment, biodiversity, nature conservation
- Climate protection and climate change
- Disaggregation level
- Climate protection
- Climate change adaptation
- Nature conservation
- Environmental protection
- EIP European Innovation Partnership
- Project region
- Lower Austria
- Upper Austria
- LE– Programming Period
- LE 14–20
- Project period
- 2019-2022 (geplantes Projektende)
- Project costs overall
- EN - 16.01.1. Unterstützung beim Aufbau & Betrieb operationeller Gruppen der EIP für lw. Produktivität & Nachhaltigkeit
- Project initiator
- ARGE Agroforst
Short descriptionThe progressing climatic change in the regions dominated by arable farming in East Austria cause agricultural holdings to test new growing methods, among them also agroforestry types of utilisation. In Austria there are, so far, only sporadic examples of implementation, and there exists neither a contact point for interested agricultural holdings, nor a network for the exchange of information and experience between practice and science. The project will establish on six arable farms site- and farm-adapted agroforestry systems and will make available insights from this pioneer work to other farms and multipliers.
Point of departureIn the course of climate change the agricultural landscape has been exposed to massive ecological changes, e.g. droughts, severe rainfall, soil erosion and yield losses. Agricultural enterprises find themselves increasingly forced to get engaged with modern growing systems which are adapted to the changed environmental conditions. Up-to-date and site-adapted agroforestry systems constitute innovative approaches to solutions for meeting the challenges of the agriculture of the future, because they provide economic and ecological advantages for climate, soil, water balance, biodiversity and diversification. In spite of these advantages they are hardly implemented in Austria. Because, whereas for other EU countries scientific insights and implementation experiences are available, there is no contact point and no specific network for persons interested in agroforestry in Austria, in order to obtain know-how in a targeted way. – This deficit is even worse in view of the fact that the establishment of agroforestry systems constitutes a type of management with a long-term perspective and thus has to be well-considered. This project aims at closing knowledge gaps by means of implementing agroforestry systems at model farms and by developing a national network of practitioners and scientists, and by working out guidance documents.
Targets and target groups1. Implementation of agroforestry systems on 6 pioneer farms with the support of experienced consultants from Germany and Switzerland.
2. Accompanying studies: Survey of the economic efficiency on at least 3 farms. Modelling of the climate effect, survey of the stock development, clarification of the legal situation as a basis for a discussion on future funding options
3. Spreading of the results: Preparation of an information brochure for farm managers, consulting documents for representations of interest, recommendations for actions for the future of agroforestry in Austria, establishment of an agroforestry homepage, organisation of a meeting.