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Sustainable Intensification Platform (2) Delivering benefits at the landscape scale - LM0302

Ministerial priorities of (i) growing the rural economy and (ii) improving the environment often come into conflict. The SIP aims to provide robust evidence to inform the farming industry’s drive for sustainable intensification by researching integrated and collaborative approaches that enable farmers to increase food production and farm profitability while improving their environmental performance.

The SIP aims to host and link future agricultural research funded by Defra and other organisations. The platform will consist of:
i. A physical network of agricultural study sites in England and Wales, and
ii. A community of collaborating agricultural, environmental and socio-economic researchers from over 30 organisations

This project seeks to investigate opportunities and risks for farming and the environment at a landscape scale given the need for improved collaborative-based approaches to the SI challenge. The project team is based on an interdisciplinary consortium integrating agronomic, social, economic and natural science expertise.

The overarching aim is to establish improved knowledge and pragmatic guidance for helping farmers and other stakeholders generate and sustain collaboration at a landscape scale for delivering multiple outcomes. This entails understanding (a) geographical variation in land capability (for food production and opportunities for other ecosystem services) and environmental risks, and (b) collaborative decision-making between multiple farms and governance at the landscape scale to deliver ecosystem services, biodiversity and profitable farming businesses.
Objective 2.1: Develop a landscape typology based on land-use opportunities for business planning and environmental risk for agricultural land in England and Wales.

Objective 2.2: Identify objectives that require coordinated action over large spatial scales, develop and test landscape-scale interventions

Objective 2.3: Encouraging and influencing landscape-level collaboration
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : FinalReport StaticTypology Sep2016   (16790k)
• FRP - Final Report : SIP2 CSAFund FinalReport DefiningSIMetrics Sep2015   (899k)
• FRP - Final Report : SIP2 Scoping Study Omnicom   (1425k)
• FRP - Final Report : SIP2 WP2.1A T3 FinalReport DynamicTypology Sep2016   (2124k)
• FRP - Final Report : SIP2 WP2.2A T2 FinalReport BaselineFarmSurvey Mar2017   (3690k)
• FRP - Final Report : SIP2 WP2.3A T1 FinalReport LiteratureReview   (1186k)
• FRP - Final Report : SIP2 WP2.3A T3 FinalReport FBSAnalysis Feb2017   (1494k)
• FRP - Final Report : SIP2 WP2.3A T4 FinalReport FarmerDiscussionGroups Jan2017   (982k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2014

To: 2017

Cost: £2,025,095
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University of Exeter