Running period: 
2013 to 2017

Conventional intensive agriculture brought food security for millions of people, but it has many drawbacks. Currently it is one of the major causes of biodiversity decline; it depletes phosphorus resources and is therefore unsustainable; and it is not expected to meet global food demands in a changing world. Ecological intensification might be a promising alternative.

The objectives of LIBERATION are to identify general relationships between semi-natural habitats, on-farm management and biodiversity, link farmland biodiversity to ecosystem services, examine different strategies to mitigate ecosystem services, quantify the impact of ecosystem services on crop yield, quantify the socio-economic implications of ecological intensification, evaluate the contribution of ecosystem services at different land-use scenario’s and demonstrate our findings and disseminate them to a wide range of stakeholders.

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Functional Biodiversity



Research team