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Socio-economic and environmental implications of energy crop production in Europe – So little land so many services

Trinity College Dublin, 26.-28. April 2010 (Participation on invitation only)

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Miscanthus fieldThis workshop will develop scenarios of energy crop production in Europe to assess management and land-use change effects on biodiversity, ecosystem services and rural economy. A key element will be the identification of socio-economic factors affecting farmer interest, and the provision of appropriate guidance for policy formulation. The aim is to assess the effects of future developments on economic and environmental sustainability, to identify knowledge gaps and to inform policy decisions and management.

The workshop is organised by Jens Dauber (TCD), Michael B Jones (TCD), David Styles (Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville, Spain) and Martin M Turner (University of Exeter, UK)

Objectives

  • Produce plausible, spatially explicit scenarios of energy crop distribution in Europe over the coming decades, based on
    • An understanding of the best energy crop types
    • An understanding of the socio-economic and policy factors affecting farmers’ decision making
    • An understanding of changing climatic conditions and potential agricultural responses to these
    • An understanding of climate change effects on energy crop utilisation
    • An understanding of trade-offs between the ecosystem service of energy crop production and other services, including biodiversity.
  • Understand how land use might change in the light of increased energy crop production
  • Stimulate future joint research in order to inform European and national policy decisions
  • Make recommendations for future strategic research and management

 


Last updated 26 February 2010 botany@tcd.ie.