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Overview of institutions and governance structures at various levels - Literature study on land use and landscape change
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Deliverable D.2.1 “An overview of institutions and governance structures at various levels - Literature study on land use and landscape change as a result of European policies” is now available. This report provides an overview of institutions and governance structures in eight European countries regarding land use and landscape change, summarizing the findings of an explorative study of existing papers and reports on institutions and documented cases of land use and landscape change as a result of European (and national) policy. The literature list has been made available on the Volante website. The focus of this study was as much as possible on: papers which deal with land use change in specific areas or regions in the respective countries; the structure of government, and how land use policy is shaped, in particular the Common Agricultural Policy, Natura2000 and the Water Framework Directive. However, also policy evaluations were included at the national level in this overview.

D.2.1 An overview of institutions and governance structures at various levels - Literature study on land use and landscape change as a result of European policies

 
European-wide maps of recent changes in agriculture, forest systems and HANPP
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Deliverable D.3.1 European-wide maps of recent changes in agriculture, forest systems and HANPP is now available. Work Package 3 (WP3) focuses on recent land use change at the pan-European scale, by analyzing rates and patterns of land change, by detecting hotspots of land use change, by exploring what drives spatial patterns of land change, and by identifying archetypical combinations of drivers and outcomes in land systems. This deliverable documents results on recent, fine-scale mapping of land use change and land use intensity patterns across Europe. These indicators form the basis for subsequent analyses within WP3, allow for cross-scale comparisons within Module Processes, inform the mapping of ecosystem services in Module Assessment, and are the basis for identifying land change archetypes that are foreseen to help in the interpretation of future scenarios in the pathway analyses in Module Visions. An overview of indicators on land use change and land use intensity has been made available on the Volante website.

D.3.1 European-wide maps of recent changes in agriculture, forest systems and HANPP

 
Coupled macroeconomic, multi-sector analysis at global scale and description of the linked modelling system
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Deliverable D.7.1 Description of a coupled macroeconomic, multi-sector analysis at global scale with first simulation results and D.7.2 Description of the linked modelling system of sector models and multi-sector assessments are now available. These deliverables should be seen and read in together. D.7.1 describes results for 4 marker scenarios from the global models in the topdown analysis in WP7, which provide the boundary conditions for in-depth analysis at the level of EU-27, individual member countries as well as sub-national levels while D7.2 presents selected results from the linked modelling system. The 4 marker scenarios will also provide a starting point for a larger number of policy scenarios to be analyzed in the next steps of the VOLANTE project.   The VOLANTE top-down modelling framework has been developed to serve the stakeholder discussions and roadmapping in module Visions by adequate information that can fuel discussions and provide quantitative assessments to support the final roadmapping exercise. Selected scenario results have already been used in 4 visions workshops which have been conducted by Module Visions in June and September 2012.

D.7.1 Description of a coupled macroeconomic, multi-sector analysis at global scale with first simulation results

D.7.2 Description of the linked modelling system of sector models and multi-sector assessments

 
A framework for trade‐off analysis of ecosystem service indicators
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Deliverable D.8.1 A framework for trade‐off analysis of ecosystem service indicators is now available. Within the module assessment of the VOLANTE project, WP8 deals with the assessment of ecosystem services (or “ES”) and their interactions according to the four following steps: mapping each ecosystem service at the European scale (i.e. EU27); identifying ecosystem services associations (co‐variations between services); identifying drivers of ecosystem services associations and assessing ecosystem services provision under the land use transition scenarios defined within VOLANTE. This first deliverable of WP8 aims at establishing the framework to assess ecosystem services and associations among ecosystem services.

D.8.1 A framework for trade‐off analysis of ecosystem service indicators

 
Summary reports for each case study including additional data
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Deliverable D.1.2 Summary reports for each case study including additional data is now available. This report is one of the Deliverables of Task P‐1.3: “Supplementary data gathering and analysis”. The main approach was a combination of a questionnaire survey and in‐depth interviews with representative and extreme examples of land actors in existing case study areas to gain further knowledge on key issues influencing land management. The main purpose is to illuminate the range of land use decisions resulting as a response to specific driving forces considered individually and/or in combination (e.g. EU directives,  agricultural policy, rural development program, physical planning, natural and market conditions, climate  change).

D.1.2  Summary reports for each case study including additional data

 
Successful completion of the Summer School "Landscape in a Changing World”
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University of the Aegean announces successful completion of the Summer School "Landscape in a Changing World”, organized by the Department of Geography from the 19th to the 28th of September 2012, at the Campus of the University of the Aegean, on the island of Lesvos, Greece.

See the Press Release here

 
Stakeholders evaluate the successful VOLANTE Visions workshops as highly positive
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VOLANTE has successfully organized four VOLANTE Visions Workshops. In total around 70 selected stakeholders attended the VOLANTE workshops and created in an participatory and interactive process shared visions for the future of land use in Europe.

The first two workshops were organized at Motzener See, in the surroundings of Berlin in June 2012. They focused on Nature Conservation, Recreation and Leisure and on Primary Production (food, timber production and bio-energy). 

A second series of workshops took place at Lago Maggiore, Italy, in September 2012. This time the focus was on Settlements (housing and industry) and transport infrastructure; and finally on Energy and Water.

The feedback received from stakeholders was very positive. More than 43% percent of the participants rated the workshops as very good and 52% as good.

 
VOLANTE Excursion in Heerde case study area
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In connection to the VOLANTE project meeting a small excursion was organised to Heerde on the Sunday 14th of October. This to allow participants (especially those involved in WP1) to get a better understanding of the issues in this area. The group visited two farmers, who were also involved in the study. The first farmer explained how he dealt the impact on his farm management of designation of part of his farm for water storage. He also explained his interest in involvement in agri-environmental measures, like the protection of meadow birds.

The second farmer took the group on a tour around his land which he is converting to a protected area (estate) to conserve the small scale agricultural landscape in this area and stop the establishment of an excess of greenhouses. The day ended with a small walk in the Natura2000 area close by.

 
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