BrightSpace: Designing a Roadmap for Effective and Sustainable Strategies for Assessing and Addressing the Challenges of EU Agriculture to Navigate within a Safe and Just Operating Space
The European Green Deal, aims, among others, to increase the contribution of EU agriculture to climate change action, improve the management of natural resources, ensure a fair economic return for farmers, and reinforce the protection of biodiversity. EU agriculture and food practices are currently not on the right track to meet the Green Deal ambitions and objectives. These objectives are interdependent, and while often aligned, they may also compete. Synergies and trade-offs between socio-economic and environmental outcomes are brought together in the concept of a Safe and Just Operating Space (SJOS), where the Safe component reflects the bio-physical boundaries of the ecosystem and the Just component the requirements for the well-being of the involved people.
Hintergrund und Zielsetzung
Policy makers and opinion leaders often lack sufficient information to gauge the likely effects of a SJOS crises in their country. The BrightSpace collaboration responds to this challenge by designing effective and sustainable strategies to navigate within a SJOS. BrightSpace provides an analytical toolbox to experiment, analyse, and coordinate the effects of innovative technologies, governance structures, as well as short- and long-term policies related to agriculture, thereby allowing for the execution of consistent, coherent, and lasting strategies with the desired consequences. The project emphasises the diversity of challenges regarding the SJOS across countries and regions and delivers new empirical evidence on cause-effect relations between drivers and outcomes relevant for the SJOS. A harmonised data framework and modelling toolbox are developed for medium-term and forward-looking projections of possible SJOS futures by 2050 and beyond. The support for effective and sustainable actions will include the identification of critical pathways for technological, institutional and consumer-oriented options for EU policies in the areas of agriculture, climate change, trade, and energy.
The BrightSpace Agricultural SJOS Platform to interact with key stakeholders will be built on three methodological pillars, the DETERMINATION, the FUTURE and GUIDANCE pillar. The work in the BrightSpace project will be structured following the four specific objectives which match the three pillars and the platform. The pillars address the first three specific objectives: 1) to identify the SJOS indicators and their determinants, to quantify the SJOS state of European Agriculture now and in the future, 2) to propose a roadmap consisting of innovative technologies and 3) polices to provide guidance to place European Agriculture within the SJOS.
Beteiligte externe Thünen-Partner
- Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
Stichting Wageningen Research (WEcR)
- International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement (INRAE)
(Paris, Toulouse, Montpellier, Avignon, Ivry-sur-Seine, Clermont-Ferrand, Rennes, Thiverval-Grignon, Dijon, Orleans, Bordeaux, Frankreich)
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
- Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
- Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria de Aragón (CITA)
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
(Prag, Tschechische Republik)
- Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Europäische Union (EU)