BrightSpace Horizon Europe project

BrightSpace Horizon Europe project

Wageningen University & Research ,
Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut ,
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis ,
National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment ,
University of Bonn ,
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore ,
European Center for Agricultural, Regional and Environmental Policy Research, EuroCARE ,
Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat ,
Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria de Aragón ,
Technologicke Centrum Akademie ved Ceske Republiky ,
Planslab Kft ,
Stichting Wageningen Research ,
JRC - Joint Research Centre - European Commission ,
The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford

Designing a Roadmap for Effective and Sustainable Strategies for Assessing and Addressing the Challenges of EU Agriculture to Navigate within a Safe and Just Operating Space

The European Green Deal, aims, among others, to increase the contribution of EU agriculture to climate change action, improve the management of natural resources, ensure a fair economic return for farmers, and reinforce the protection of biodiversity. EU agriculture and food practices are currently not on the right track to meet the Green Deal ambitions and objectives. These objectives are interdependent, and while often aligned, they may also compete. Synergies and trade-offs between socio-economic and environmental outcomes are brought together in the concept of a Safe and Just Operating Space (SJOS), where the Safe component reflects the bio-physical boundaries of the ecosystem and the Just component the requirements for the well-being of the involved people. Policy makers and opinion leaders often lack sufficient information to gauge the likely effects of a SJOS crises in their country. The BrightSpace collaboration responds to this challenge by designing effective and sustainable strategies to navigate within a SJOS. BrightSpace provides an analytical toolbox to experiment, analyse, and coordinate the effects of innovative technologies, governance structures, as well as short- and long-term policies related to agriculture, thereby allowing for the execution of consistent, coherent, and lasting strategies with the desired consequences. The project emphasises the diversity of challenges regarding the SJOS across countries and regions and delivers new empirical evidence on cause-effect relations between drivers and outcomes relevant for the SJOS. A harmonised data framework and modelling toolbox are developed for medium-term and forward-looking projections of possible SJOS futures by 2050 and beyond. The support for effective and sustainable actions will include the identification of critical pathways for technological, institutional and consumer-oriented options for EU policies in the areas of agriculture, climate change, trade, and energy.

Topic: HORIZON-CL6-2021-GOVERNANCE-01-12 - EU agriculture within a safe and just operating space and planetary boundaries

Coordinated by STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH (The Netherlands) the project brings together 14 research institutions from eight EU countries and the UK.

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Project duration: 1 November 2022 – 31 October 2027

Funded by the European Union. Horizon Europe Grant Agreement No. 101060075. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the authors only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Commission. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

UKRI Project code: 10047415


Horizon Europe HORIZON-CL6-2021-GOVERNANCE-01-12
European Commission
Funder: UKRI
UK Research and Innovation