ZALF Research Programme - Sustainable development and use of agricultural landscapes
The competition for available space in the landscape is becoming increasingly intense. Research is required more than ever before to harmonise the diverse demands regarding the use and services of agricultural landscapes: after all, the consequences of this competition affect virtually all economic and ecological aspects of land use and rural areas. Modern landscape research should be structured so as to enable it to analyse developments, particularly under changing basic conditions, and to assess the impact of such changes. Research work undertaken at ZALF initially results in a better understanding of the interdependencies and interactions between the individual landscape compartments/systems as well as how they dovetail with social demands on the use and development of agricultural landscapes. Based on this information, the effects of various land use options on their sustainability are analysed. ZALF’s expertise in modelling agroecological systems focused e.g. on their application in North-Eastern/Central Europe, represents an indispensable basis for providing regionally-specific practical recommendations and also for accompanying research into developments.