DIGItal Tools to help AgroForestry meet climate, biodiversity and farming sustainability goals: linking field and cloud

01 July 2022 → 30 June 2026
European funding: framework programme
Research disciplines
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Forestry sciences not elsewhere classified
climate change biodiversity
Other information
Project description

Agroforestery (AF) has already proven its potential for farm sustainability, climate change mitigation & adaptation, biodiversity preservation, and soil conservation. However, AF performances are context-dependent, and many barriers hinder its adoption, such as lack of tools for decision-making, assessing economic, environmental, social benefits, and monitoring of policies and their impact on AF. DigitAF will boost AF implementation in the EU and beyond thanks to the co-development of digital tools tailored to the needs and concerns of DigitAF target groups.

Role of Ghent University
Ghent University employs a PhD student on the topic and will lead the process to establish a credit point index tool regarding biodiversity, based on literature research, balancing robustness with simplicity and combining analysis of habitat type with adjustments for location and condition. The biodiversity tool will then be evaluated in several European regions.
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