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...

20 NOV 2020

A press release on the AGRIMODELS Cluster is now available in the online science news portal EurekAlert! and the European Commission’s news and events service CORDIS Wire. The announcement informs about the collaboration between the three EU research projects - AGRICORE, BESTMAP and MIND STEP in their common goal to design modelling capabilities in the agricultural sector, while at the same time contributing to the creation of a new agenda of the agricultural policies within the...

23 SEP 2020

BESTMAP held its annual meeting from 21 to 23 September 2020, where all partners gathered to discuss the project’s achievements in the past year, along with the vision for upcoming tasks. Each of the project teams’ representatives introduced their accomplishments and further agenda. After thorough deliberation, the meeting resulted in brainstorming for future updates within the different branches of the consortium. There are yet a number of time-sensitive tasks that await to...

4 SEP 2020

 A recent publication in the Agricultural Sciences journal reviews the different methods through which soil erosion can be estimated. The article states that the process of soil erosion is greatly affecting the soil fertility and causes its loss, and land degradation throughout a great number of lands worldwide. There are various methods for detecting the occurrence of soil erosion and the factors which have caused it. However, due to the complexity of the issue, the estimation of...

25 JUL 2020

The concept, aims and expected outcomes of the BESTMAP project were presented during the poster section of the GEO BON Open Science Conference & All Hands Meeting 2020 held online from 7 to 9 July 2020. GEO BON is a global biodiversity observation network that contributes to effective management policies for the worldwide biodiversity and ecosystem services. The main objective of the organisation is to improve the acquisition, coordination and delivery of biodiversity observations...

20 JUL 2020

On 14 and 15 July 2020 BESTMAP held a workshop entitled "Improving the environmental and social capacity of EC impact assessment tools" in an entirely online environment. The event was divided in plenary sessions with three thematic breakout discussion groups, where the attendees were mainly from the European Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). Additionally, the workshop has been...

23 JUN 2020

Do you want to be part of a project aiming to improve the sustainability of the European agriculture? BESTMAP is looking for an enthusiastic Post-Doctoral researcher with a background in computer simulation, agent-based modelling, farmer behavioural modelling or microsimulation to join the BESTMAP team in the University of Leeds and contribute to the development of individual-farm agent-based modelling on farmer decision making, in dealing with challenges in land-use intensification,...

22 MAY 2020

BESTMAP’s grant proposal is now part of the RIO Journal. The document provides extensive information about the project’s specific objectives, overall aims, concept and methodology. It also highlights the specific approaches to achieve the expected impacts of BESTMAP on the agricultural sector, stakeholders, EU government policy makers, farmers and many others.  Find the paper here. RIO publishes outputs across the research cycle, including research proposals, ideas,...

13 MAY 2020

In the spring of 2020 BESTMAP conducted a large-scale interview campaign among farmers in the project’s five case study areas: the UK, Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic and Serbia, ranging from individual hobby farmers to large agro-businesses in different environmental conditions. About 25 telephone or face-to-face interviews across each case study area collected information on general and behavioural characteristics of the farms, farmers’ attitudes towards farming, and...

3 MAY 2020

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, BESTMAP keeps on taking action towards the project's ultimate goal - to develop a new modelling framework and transform future EU rural policies’ design and monitoring. About 20 members of the BESTMAP team met online from 27 to 29 April 2020 for a virtual workshop, in order to develop the BESTMAP modelling directives together. The goal is to build on open-source modelling platforms and predict policy change impacts on biodiversity, delivery of...

22 APR 2020

BESTMAP joins forces with two European projects to enhance agricultural policies in the European Union. AGRICORE, BESTMAP and MIND STEP build a strong cluster, which aims at developing a highly modular and customisable suite of tools to model capabilities in the agriculture sector. On 31 October 2017, the European Commission opened a call for projects aiming to improve the modelling capabilities for agriculture which would ultimately support evidence-based policymaking in the...

3 OCT 2019

BESTMAP held its official kick-off meeting from 23 September to 25 September in Brussels, Belgium, where partners met for the start of the four-year research and innovation action. Twelve partner organisations from seven European countries gathered to discuss the first steps towards developing behavioural, ecological and socio-economic tools for modelling agricultural policy.  The main goals of the project are to: develop a behavioural theoretical modelling framework...

1 OCT 2019

Nearly half of the EU land is farmland. The livelihood of over ten million farmers and the sustainability of agro-ecosystems, including food, bioenergy, water, carbon storage and biodiversity, are directly affected by EU policy instruments. These policies have, so far, failed to stop environmental degradation. BESTMAP (Behavioural, Ecological and Socio-economic Tools for Modelling Agricultural Policy) aims to develop a new flexible, interoperable and customisable framework that will take...