Sustainable land use

To achieve long-term food security while preserving ecosystems in the context of global environmental change, locally adapted practices of land use are needed that use natural resources in a sustainable way. The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management contributes to a more systemic understanding of the benefits and challenges of different agricultural land use practices (irrigation agriculture, agroforestry, silvopastoral systems, etc.) by taking an integrated perspective on the complex ecological and societal implications on the ground and beyond. Sustainable land use systems must take into account not only conservation needs and questions of sustainable resource use, but also local knowledge systems, social implications of land use changes and the perspectives of smallholder farmers and other stakeholders involved.

 

Projects related to sustainable land use:

 

Food security and livelihood improvement through agroforestry in Central Asia