LEGATO – Land-use Intensity and Ecological Engineering-Assessment Tools for Risks and Opportunities in Irrigated Rice-Based Production Systems

 

LEGATO – Land-use Intensity and Ecological Engineering-Assessment Tools for Risks and Opportunities in Irrigated Rice-Based Production Systems

The overall objective is the elaboration and testing of generally applicable principles within the frame of ecological engineering – an emerging discipline, concerned with design, monitoring and construction of ecosystems.

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LEGATO aims to advance long-term sustainable development of irrigated rice fields, against risks arising from multiple aspects of global change. The overall objective is the elaboration and testing of generally applicable principles within the frame of ecological engineering—an emerging discipline, concerned with design, monitoring and construction of ecosystems.

The project plans to quantify the dependence of ecosystem functions and the services they generate in agricultural systems in three areas in Southeast Asia: Malaysia (Muda Irrigation Scheme), Vietnam (Tien Giang province in Mekong Delta and the Red River Valley from the Northwest mountain region to the delta) and The Philippines (Central Luzon from Banaue to Cabanatuan).

As core output, LEGATO will develop guidelines for optimising ecosystem functions and services given the local socio-cultural conditions and their stabilisation under future climate and land use change, which will particularly affect South and Southeast Asia. There is a clear need for crop productivity increases and diversification. LEGATO will analyse the potential of ecological engineering to achieve this, and test its implementation and transferability across regions. The latter is to be achieved through inclusion of local agricultural agencies and extension services as partners. Implementation will include assessments of ecosystem services risks and opportunities in the light of changes in land use intensity, biodiversity and climate.

Eligibility: Geographical:
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ (Germany)
Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ); Christian Albrecht University of Kiel (CAU); L.U.P.O. Ltd, Trippstadt (LUPO); Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg (MLU); OLANIS, Leipzig (OLANIS); Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK); Science4you, Bonn (S4Y); Technical University of Munich (TUM); University of Goettingen (UGOE); University of Greifswald (UGR); University of Marburg (UMAR); International Rice Research Institute, Los Banos, Philippines (IRRI); Vietnamese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam (IRRI/ MARD) Visayas State Univ., Baybay, Philippines (IRRI/VSU); CABI Southeast & East Asia, Malaysia (CABI); Center for Policy Studies and Analysis, Hanoi, Vietnam (CEPSTA); Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, Hanoi, Vietnam (IEBR (VAST)); Philippine Rice Research Institute, Munoz, Philippines (PhilRice); Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland, UK (BIOSS); PENSOFT Publishers, Sofia, Bulgaria (PENSOFT); Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (UAB); Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Malaysia
Project start year: 2011
Project end year: 2016

This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological
development and demonstration under grant agreement no 603218.

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