Territorial sustainability of ecological farming

Peter Matthews, Joseph Tzanopoulos, Stuart Henderson, Zoltan Bakucs, Michael Böhm, Léa Bonhomme, Mihai Chițea, Riccardo D'Alberto, Joana Ferreira, Monserrath Ximena Lascano Galarza, Philippe Jeanneaux, Błażej Jendrzejewski (+15 others)
2022 Zenodo  
This Deliverable 5.2 of the LIFT project presents a territorial level sustainability assessment of alternative scenarios for the adoption of ecological farming approaches for 16 case study areas across Europe. Given that there are many approaches to sustainability assessment depending on the theoretical framework, the assessment's aims, and data used, this deliverable begins with a review of the sustainability assessment literature in relation to agriculture and territorial scale issues, to
more » ... tify the most appropriate methodology for this deliverable. The limited availability of landscape-scale data, the use of scenarios, and the need to rapidly apply a straightforward methodology across diverse case study areas, favoured a qualitative assessment of each adoption scenario in terms of their impacts against a set of regionally-specific sustainability objectives. Moreover, because territorial impacts can reflect many interacting cause-effect relationships, network analysis formed an optional extension to the assessment, to explore the patterns of influence underpinning scenario performance. In order to define the sustainability objectives for assessment, an initial long list of possible objectives was created through a review of the academic literature and relevant regional policy documents, followed by a round of stakeholder consultation to produce a final short list of objectives for each case study area. Performance against these objectives was assessed for four ecological farming adoption scenarios that differed in terms of the rate (either high or low) and distribution (clustered or dispersed) of adoption in 10 years' time. The ecological practices being adopted in these scenarios were identified based on the output of Delphi exercises with stakeholder panels for each case study area, conducted as part of previous research in LIFT. Drawing on results from LIFT, local literature, and expert knowledge, each scenario was described as the product of a set of drivers of change. The drivers of change were tabulated [...]
doi:10.5281/zenodo.6416192 fatcat:yks3d3es75fjfgdtgbm7zz5lqa