Monday, 5 October 2020

Grant recipient:
Signe Normand, Professor, Department of Biology, Aarhus University

Project title:
SustainScapes – Sustainable Solutions for Maintenance of Biodiversity and Production across Landscapes

Co-applicant:
Tommy Dalgaard, Professor, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Denmark

Brief description:
The research will help us to understand how changes in land use and climate conditions have historically affected biodiversity across Denmark. Based on the new knowledge, the project will develop tools to predict how and in which land areas restoring ecosystems in relation to agricultural production will most strongly affect biodiversity in the future.

“SustainScapes will rethink how to use the Danish landscape and explore nature-based solutions for protecting biodiversity and bio-based production. We will provide new knowledge about where – and how quickly – we can expect biodiversity to be restored and use data observed from space to track the changes. The project will strive to deliver local, sustainable solutions that benefit biodiversity, the climate and production by linking local and global models that will place local choices in a globalized context. Action requires locally based knowledge. We want to make it easier for the general public and decision-makers to launch local initiatives for a sustainable future,” says Signe Normand, who is receiving DKK 60 million for her research.