Natural resources and environmental management

Today climate change, environmental problems as well as demographic and economic changes lead to significant challenges for sustainable land use. From a global perspective agriculture is the predominant user of land resources. Thus, the sector’s effect on and potential for environmental protection are huge but also complex. Agricultural activities influence the environment in many ways, including its impact on biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions, water use and indirect land use change. As a consequence, decision-making in regard to agri-environmental policies and business opportunities often faces a manifold of trade-offs between different economic, environmental and societal goals. It is in this multidimensional setting that we analyze the reciprocal effects between agriculture and natural resources from different perspectives. One of the central characteristics of our work is to not only include a local or national but also a more globalized perspective when it comes to assess the environmental consequences of land use choices and different agricultural and rural management systems.

Please find below our studies which mainly focus on the effects which agricultural activities have on natural resources such as biodiversity.

 

pdficon_small Agri-Ecological Partnership. Overcoming the deadlock of environmental and resource protection in rural areas // Helmut Karl, Steffen Noleppa, Lina Staubach // 2016

pdficon_small Agrar-Ökologische Partnerschaft – ein Weg aus der Sackgasse des Umwelt- und Ressourcenschutzes im ländlichen Raum //Helmut Karl, Steffen Noleppa, Lina Staubach // 2016

pdficon_small The agricultural trade of the European Union. Consequences for virtual land trade and self-sufficiency // Steffen Noleppa, Matti Cartsburg // 2015

pdficon_small The social, economic and environmental value of agricultural productivity in the European Union. Part II: Impacts on water trade and water use // Steffen Noleppa, Matti Cartsburg // 2015

pdficon_small Another look at agricultural trade of the European Union: Virtual land trade and self-sufficiency // Steffen Noleppa, Matti Cartsburg // 2014