Sustainable Land

Cows grazing with mountains in the background

Human life depends intrinsically on the Earth's land surface, which is becoming increasingly vulnerable as a result of unprecedented degradation, deforestation and biodiversity loss due to land use change, agricultural intensification and climate change.

At the Copernicus Institute we try to understand how environmental change and changing land use affect not only the functioning of the terrestrial ecosystem but also its services to humans. In addition, we evaluate and design governance arrangements so as to mitigate adverse effects and to restore ecosystems and preserve biodiversity of terrestrial ecosystems. We also explore how biofuel production can exist alongside and even benefit food production and biodiversity conservation.


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