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Climate-robust Landscapes research group

The Climate-robust Landscapes: connecting agriculture and nature research group is focusing on the question how other forms of agriculture can contribute to improving water quality and stimulating biodiversity through smart use of the landscape.

Climate-robust Landscapes research group

About the research group

Goal

The research group is trying to answer the question on how we can achieve a climate-robust landscape and aims to further promote the transition to climate-robust agriculture. 

Research programme

How can we achieve a climate-robust landscape; a landscape that can cope with changing rainfall patterns with more heavy downpours interspersed with periods of drought? An important question the Climate-robust Landscapes research group is trying to answer together with NIOO-KNAW.  

Measures are already being taken to improve resistance to droughts. For example, streams are being restored so water remains in an area longer and is available during drier periods. Groundwater levels are also being restored around wet nature areas. These measures have an impact on the agricultural areas around the streams and nature reserves; the fields get much wetter. This method uses the natural soil-water system better. 

Other forms of farming 

Restoring the natural soil-water system offers opportunities for alternative forms of agriculture that support restoration of nature. Synergy between agriculture and nature can improve both biodiversity and water quality in an area, and at the same time offers prospects to farmers for fields that are otherwise not profitable to farm after the groundwater level has been raised. This requires a different approach from farmers and nature managers. This is one of the areas where the research group will study the knowledge and experience needed to achieve this transition. 

Subsidy scheme 

The Climate-robust Landscapes: connecting agriculture and nature research group is financed in part by the subsidy scheme L.int: Lecturer positions at Institutes of the Taskforce for Applied Research SIA, (Regieorgaan SIA) and the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LINTL.INST.L04.009). Under this scheme, a lecturer can work at both a university of applied sciences and a research institute. This allows the lecturer to link the fundamental research of the institute with the practical research of the university of applied sciences. 

Lines of research

Agriculture plays an important role in the climate-robust landscape, which is why future-proof forms of agriculture have an important role to play in the research programme. This programme consists of 3 research lines: 

  • landscape integration and cultivation techniques 
  • climate-resilient agriculture: water quality and biodiversity 
  • agricultural professionalism 

The starting point is to consider what is possible in this area based on the natural soil-water system. The research group is involving the business community, government authorities, and, above all, students.   

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Sustainable Development Goals

  • Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
  • Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
  • Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life below water
  • Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on land
  • Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

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