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EUROLAN
Strengthening the multifunctional use of European land: Coping with marginalisation

The purpose of the project is to focus on the process of marginalisation of rural areas in European countries that have a different status and historical background to the European Union. The project will address how multifunctional land use can cope with marginalisation and land use change.

Objectives
The objectives of the project are:
1) to identify areas most vulnerable to marginalisation of agriculture in eight countries
2) to develop a set of tools and scenarios to recommend appropriate land use based on a selection of ecological, cultural and socio-economic criteria for policy- and decision-makers at the EU, national and municipal levels
3) to study the role of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the marginalisation process and develop tools and recommendations for appropriate land use
4) to assess the viability of multifunctional land use given the vulnerability to marginalisation.

Progress to Date
Eight national reports and one European-level report have been published.
There has been much contact with the target audience. The most important direct involvement of relevant stakeholders was through meetings. Information from meetings with stakeholders was taken up in the results of the eight national studies. This has benefited the results of the national studies for the target audience. The target audience are policy-makers at national, county and municipality level (Ministries of Agriculture, - Rural development, - Environment). The target audience of the European report is the EC, but also national policymakers could use the results. Researchers and teachers could use both types of reports. Teams of the consortium have already used the results for teaching in university.

Classified in CAP AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Scientist responsible for the project

Professor SHIVCHARN S. DHILLION
Box 5014
1432 Aas
Norway - NO

Phone: +47 64948500
Fax: +47 64948502
E-mail: shivcharn.dhillion@ibn.nlh.no

References

Project ID QLRT-2001-02346
Organisation Norges Landbrukshoegskole
Area 5.5
Start date 01 January 2003
Duration (months) 36
Total cost 599 776 €
Total EC contribution   599 776 €
Status Ongoing
Web address of the project   http://www.nlh.no/ina/forskning/eurolan/index_e.htm

The partners

  • FUNDACIO EMPRESA I CIENCIA (FEC), DEPARTAMENT D'ECONOMIA APLICADA-UAB, Spain - ES
    jordi.rosell@uab.es
  • University of Tartu, Institute of Geography, Estonia - EE
    mander@ut.ee
  • Institute of Forest Ecosystem Research, Ltd. (IFER), Czech Republic (The) - CZ
    cerny@ifer.cz
  • University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Biological Sciences (USB), Czech Republic (The) - CZ
    prach@bf.jcu.cz
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