17 MAY 2022

A new BESTMAP-funded research paper has been recently published in the Science of The Total Environment journal. The study investigates the accuracy of modelled changes in freshwater provision over time and has been conducted by the BESTMAP members Arjan Gosal, Andrew Johnson and project coordinator Prof. Guy Ziv from the University of Leeds, Paul Evans, James Bullock and John Redhead from the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Matthew Charlton from the Environment Agency and Prof. Dr. Anna...

16 MAY 2022

BESTMAP is beyond happy to announce that the project is organising a Summer School, specifically tailored to look into the modelling policy impacts on ecosystem services and biodiversity. The event will take place between 12 to 16 September 2022 and will be hosted by Palacky University Olomouc, Czechia. While actively working towards transforming the future EU rural policies’ design and monitoring, BESTMAP is holding the Summer School with the aim to draw upon developed...

25 MAR 2022

A recently developed by the BESTMAP team research article has been published in Regional Environmental Change journal. The paper is developed by the project partners Dr. Bartosz Bartkowski, Charlotte Schüßler and Birgit Müller from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany. Understanding farmers’ behaviour and their different responses to environmental change, institutional change and policy interventions is important to...

11 FEB 2022

A newly published BESTMAP-supported article in the Regional Environmental Change journal, investigates the land-use intensification in agroecosystems that has led to population decline in farmland birds. The research paper has been conducted by a team of leading experts amongst whom are the BESTMAP partners Stephanie Roilo and Prof. Anna Cord from the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, and Assoc. Prof. Tomas Vaclavik (Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic)....

3 FEB 2022

BESTMAP has just started an open project collection in the Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) journal in order to raise the project's visibility and improve the dissemination of all publicly available project outcomes. The BESTMAP collection in RIO intends to widen the accessibility and openness of project findings by publishing not just regular scientific articles, but also additional materials that cover the complete research cycle. Reports, protocols, techniques, research and other...

17 JAN 2022

A press release, mentioning BESTMAP has been published in the leading science communication platforms EurekAlert! And Alpha Galileo. The news item informs about the project’s participation at the 2021 EU Conference on modelling for policy support, which has been organised by the European Commission’s Competence Centre on Modelling (CC-MOD) and took place between 22 to 26 November 2021. The BESTMAP coordinator Prof. Guy Ziv (University of Leeds, the UK)...

21 DEC 2021

With the holiday season approaching and the Christmas mood slowly taking over, BESTMAP wants to take a moment to wish you all pleasant holidays and a prosperous New Year 2022!

19 NOV 2021

Between 2 and 4 November 2021, BESTMAP held its second annual General Assembly (GA) meeting in a virtual environment. Led by the Project Coordinator Guy Ziv and Project Manager Jodi Gunning of University of Leeds, UK, the event was attended by representatives from all of the BESTMAP-partnering organisations.  Divided in three days, the agenda of the GA meeting followed through the BESTMAP story so far, discussions and setting the plan for the end game of the project. Each...

18 NOV 2021

Between 22 and 26 October 2021, BESTMAP will be attending the 2021 EU Conference on modeling for policy support. The European Commission’s Competence Centre on Modelling (CC-MOD) has organised this conference which aims to bring together researchers and policy makers from European and international institutions, Member States, universities, research institutes and consultancies to identify common challenges and solutions when using models to support policy making across all policy...

19 OCT 2021

BESTMAP will be attending the Early Career Biogeographers Conference between 22 and 24 October 2021. The event has been originally planned to be held in Amsterdam, the same as previous years, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year it will be fully online. The conference will be participated by a great number of international scientists, amongst whom will be BESTMAP’s member Miss Stephanie Roilo from the Technical University Dresden and Prof. Anna Cord, co-coordinator of ...

1 OCT 2021

On the 14th and 15th of October, BESTMAP is going to attend at the second edition of the Farm to Fork Conference, where European stakeholders, interested in helping to shape the EU’s path towards sustainable food systems, will gather to discuss the progress made on the initiatives foreseen in the Farm to Fork Strategy, support the EU efforts to achieve a global transition to sustainable food systems and put emphasis on transition enablers. This year the conference will be held...

17 SEP 2021

On 20-22 September 2021, BESTMAP will participate at the Landscape 2021 Conference – Diversity for Sustainable and Resilient Agriculture.  Landscape 2021 will bring together scientists from across disciplines with key actors to explore whether and how diversity and diversification can contribute to a more sustainable and resilient agriculture. Promising approaches reduce trade-offs between high productivity and use of external resources, the provisioning of ecosystem...

28 JUN 2021

In pursuit of the goal to establish ecological and socio-economic tools for modelling agricultural policy, which will enhance the sustainability of agricultural landscapes, while ensuring farmers’ livelihoods, BESTMAP wants to share key achievements with policy and decision makers. To achieve this, the project created a summary leaflet, presenting the twelve Brussels-based interviews with representatives of agricultural producers, inputs industry, environmental NGOs and expert...

2 JUN 2021

The AGRIMODELS Cluster, formed by the Horizon 2020 projects BESTMAP, AGRICORE and MIND STEP is going to participate at the sixteenth congress of the European Association of Agricultural Economics (EAAE), which will take place on 20 – 23 July 2021 in an entirely virtual environment.  The cluster is going to take part in the congress with an individual session on the use of individual decision-making models to support policies. Each of the three projects is going to...

1 APR 2021

The first BESTMAP-supported research paper is now available in the People and Nature journal. The study investigates the possible ways of making socio-environmental modelling more prominent to support policy and management and has been conducted with the involvement of the BESTMAP experts Meike Will (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany) and Brigit Muller (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany)....

26 FEB 2021

A press release titled "Farm to fork strategy: Public hearing on improving the EU’s food system" became recently available on the European Parliament’s website. The publication informs about the discussion between experts and Members of European Parliament from the Agriculture and Environment committees. During the meeting, the main topic of discussion between the present parties were the possible ways through which the EU food system may become more sustainable, resilient and...

8 FEB 2021

BESTMAP is delighted to share that the project’s coordinator, Prof Guy Ziv, has been invited by the United Kingdom’s government to serve as a member of the Environmental Land Management Modelling Expert Panel (MEP).  The Environmental Land Management programme is the cornerstone of the UK’s new agricultural policy. Founded on the principle of public money for public goods, it aims to achieve the goals of the 25 Year Environment Plan and commitment to net zero...

22 JAN 2021

BESTMAP wishes you a very healthy and prosperous new year! The emergence of Covid-19 resulted in a great deal of challenges and limitations. Regardless, the BESTMAP team maintained united in our common goal toto establish ecological and socio-economic tools for modelling agricultural policy, which will enhance the sustainability of agricultural landscapes, while ensuring farmers’ livelihoods. We have gathered our most impactful achievements during 2020 in a short video. 

8 DEC 2020

BESTMAP aims to establish ecological and socio-economic tools for modelling agricultural policy, which will enhance the sustainability of agricultural landscapes, while ensuring farmers’ livelihoods. Along the way of fulfilling BESTMAP’s goal, the project members have created a collection of deliverables, which holds an overview of the projects’ activities and achievements.* While BESTMAP is actively working towards significant outcomes, the deliverables delineate the path...