10 NOV 2022

A recent BESTMAP-derived paper published in the Ecological Applications journal, suggests that landscape-level heterogeneity of agri-environment measures improves habitat suitability for farmland birds.  Conducted by the BESTMAP partners and leading experts Stephanie Roilo, Jan Engler and Anna Cord of the Dresden University of Technology, along with Tomáš Václavík of Palacký University Olomouc, the study questions the effectiveness of the main tools...

8 NOV 2022

A newly-published paper, providing a spatial classification approach for identifying archetypal patterns of agri-environmental potential in Europe based on machine-learning clustering is now available in the Environmental Research Letters journal. Titled "Archetypes of agri-environmental potential: a multi-scale typology for spatial stratification and upscaling in Europe," the study is fully supported and conducted by the BESTMAP team of experts, amongst whom are the project...

25 OCT 2022

BESTMAP had the pleasure to attend the fourth ESP Europe Conference between 10 and 14 October 2022 in Crete, but also online. The conference - hosted by the University of Patras and Harokopio University of Athens and running under the theme "Ecosystem services empowering people and societies in times of crises" - brought together a total of 417 participants - including 302 on-site attendees - from 50 countries, of which only 32 were European ones. A total of 393 speakers presented...

14 OCT 2022

Between 5 and 7 October 2022, the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE), together with MIND STEP project partner, Thünen Institute, as well as the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Humboldt University, jointly organised a seminar titled Greenhouse gas emissions in the EU agriculture and food sector - potential and limits of climate mitigation policies and pricing instruments. The event took place in Berlin, Germany where representatives from the three...

27 SEP 2022

The 6th European Congress of Conservation Biology titled "Biodiversity crisis in a changing world" took place between 22 and 26 September in Prague, Czech Republic. Amongst the leading experts who attended the symposium were the BESTMAP partners, Stephanie Roilo, Anna Cord (TU Dresden) and James Bullock from the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. The project was presented with an insightful and informative session on the impact of the regional context on the effectiveness of...

23 SEP 2022

While actively working towards transforming the future design and monitoring of EU rural policies, BESTMAP is very happy to say that our first ever Summer School on modelling policy impacts on ecosystem services and biodiversity was a huge success! It aimed to draw upon developed methods and experiences from the project, operating in five case studies across Europe. The event was hosted by Palacký University Olomouc in the Czech Republic, between 12-16 September 2022 gathered...

21 SEP 2022

The IALE 2022 European Landscape Ecology Congress took place between 11-15 July. Originally scheduled as an in-person event in Warsaw, Poland, later it was changed to an online meeting due to the Russian invasion and the need to help refugees arriving in Poland. Under the conference motto "Making the future, learning from the past" international scientists and experts exchanged their views on landscape ecology as the transdisciplinary platform linking past, present and future. At...

9 SEP 2022

A newly published article in the Land Use Policy journal investigates ways for the implementation of agri-environmental schemes (AES) to foster sustainable farming practices that can contribute to the conservation of biodiversity, ecosystem services, climate change mitigation and adaptation.  Leading specialists in this area, amongst whom BESTMAP partners - Anne Paulus, Michael Beckmann (UFZ), Stephanie Roilo & Anna Cord (TUD), are authors of this paper. They conducted the study by...

5 AUG 2022

The 6th edition of the European Congress of Conservation Biology in Prague (ECCB)  will take place in Prague, Czech Republic between 22 and 26 August, where leading international scientists and experts will gather to discuss and exchange knowledge on the "Biodiversity crisis in a changing world." Amongst the congress participants is BESTMAP’s partner Stephanie Roilo (Dresden University of Technology, Germany), who will have a dedicated presentation titled "Does...

4 AUG 2022

BESTMAP is beyond happy to announce that the project will be attending the 17th annual Social Simulation Conference (SSC2022), which will be held at the University of Milan in Italy between 12 and 16 September 2022. We are also glad that our paper "An agent-based model of UK farmers’ decision-making on adoption of agri-environment schemes" by Chunhui Li, Meike Will and  Birgit Müller, Nastasija Grujić, Jiaqi Ge, Arjan Gosal and Guy Ziv , has been accepted to be...

6 JUL 2022

Understanding the environmental impacts of agricultural policies, including measures such as agri-environmental schemes (AES) or organic farming, is a crucial step in assessing their effectiveness in European farmlands. Scientific models play an important role in quantifying such impacts, especially on biodiversity and ecosystem services provided by the agricultural landscapes. In that context, BESTMAP is happy to once again invite you to the project’s first Summer School on modelling...

9 JUN 2022

MIND STEP: "They say it's all about the journey and not the destination but in the MIND STEP project, we are equally excited about the process as we are about the end results. And we are pleased to say that in the past couple of months, we have made great progress." In November 2021, the MIND STEP team attended a seminar coordinated by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC), the leader of our WP1 that designs the conceptual framework for the whole project....

7 JUN 2022

On 13 and 14 September 2022, BESTMAP’s third General Assembly (GA) meeting will take place. Hosted by the BESTMAP partners at the Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic, the GA will gather members from all the BESTMAP partnering institutions. As the BESTMAP consortium is formed by experts from various backgrounds and environmentalists and with caution to preserve the environment from pollution, we are organising this year's #BESTMAP_GA in a hybrid format. ...

2 JUN 2022

On 12 and 13 May the Agrimodels cluster, formed by the three sister projects BESTMAP, AGRICORE and MIND STEP, gathered in Basel, Switzerland for a one-day BESTMAP-organised hybryd workshop. The event was hosted by the BESTMAP partners from the University of Basel and the purpose of the gathering was to discuss the linking of agent-based models (ABM) with computational general equilibrium (CGE) or partial equilibrium (PE) models. Attended by partners from TU Delft, ETH Zurich,...

27 MAY 2022

Between March and April 2022, our five case studies (the UK, Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic and Serbia) conducted co-design workshops with regional and national stakeholders. The goal of these talks was to discuss how our modeling results can best support policy decisions and how the interactive dashboard we're working on can help us use our findings. The team gained valuable insights from the engagement of our stakeholders, which will assist to shape the subsequent stages...

27 MAY 2022

On 23 May 2022, the three sister projects BESTMAP, MIND STEP and AGRICORE that form the Agrimodels Cluster, gathered for a joint meeting with the DG AGRI in Brussels, Belgium. The purpose of the gathering was to update the DG AGRI representatives on the current results of each member of the Cluster, as well as to discuss further tasks, challenges and potential collaboration. In particular, the workshop focused on the data, modelling and policy perspectives  of DG AGRI and the...

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 in the upcoming fall, between 12 and 16 September of 2022, the project is organising a Summer School, specifically tailored to look into the modelling policy impacts on ecosystem services and biodiversity. 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 methods and experience from the project, operating in five...

25 APR 2022

Between February and March 2022, the BESTMAP team performed an online survey designed as a discrete choice experiment. The study was given to farmers in our five case studies: the UK, Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic and Serbia. The exploratory character of the poll aimed to explore new facets of BESTMAP's research subject and examine how farmers decide whether or not to implement agri-environmental programs. The survey data is still being processed. The questionnaire's...

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...