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Title Potential of Sustainable Land-Use Systems to Promote Adaptation to Climate Change
FiBL project number 10081

This project is devoted to the potential of sustainable agrarian land-use systems for adapting to climate change. Given its focus on the adaptation to climate change, it represents a continuation to the preceding project "Carbon Credits for sustainable Land-use Systems (CaLas)", which was concerned with strategies for mitigating climate change. The present project uses and further expands the information base and database already established under CaLas. The overarching objective is to develop economically and ecologically viable practices and cultivation systems with a high adaptive potential to climate change.

The project follows a gradual, transdisciplinary methodical approach. It combines specific scientific findings referring to field and measurement level with social sciences and economics on farm- and regional levels. The project is structured in two stages. Stage I includes the creation of the necessary knowledge base and the analytic tools. Existing indicators are re-evaluated in terms of their significance to agriculture's adaptation to climate change, and new indicators are developed for the area of application. In addition, a comprehensive bibliographical evaluation as well as a meta-analysis are carried out in order to identify adapted agricultural practices and cultivation systems. In stage II, the findings of stage I are applied and validated in a case study in a West African region in order to ensure that the recommended adaption measures are sensible and practicable in a real-life context. At the same time, the communication of findings, knowledge transfer, and the concrete implementation of results beyond the project itself are promoted.

This project involves the participation of renowned institutions, which promote the implementation of sustainable land-use systems for safeguarding productivity and profitability of communities of small farmers in developing regions. These institutions represent a network which accompanies and examines the project's progress and results. Moreover, this network ensures that the dissemination and implementation regarding agricultural practices is effected beyond the project duration, finding use beyond the target region.

Start of project 01.12.2013
End of project 31.05.2017
(Research) Programme
  • Foundation Mercator Switzerland – Organic agriculture
FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff
  • Gattinger Andreas
  • Heubeck Carolyn (Department of Socio-Economic Sciences)
  • Meier Matthias (Department of Socio-Economic Sciences)
  • Müller Adrian (Department of Socio-Economic Sciences)
Further Information

FiBL projects on organic farming and climate

FiBL media release: new project "Climate adaption" (German)

Research area
Date modified 06.06.2019
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