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PASANOA - Policy relevance of the proposed project with reference to relevant national/international programs


Contribution to National Strategy of Bioeconomy 2030


PASANOA addresses two central fields of action of the National Research Strategy BioEconomy 2030. Our project contributes to field 1 ‘Securing global nutrition’ by developing new approaches to regionally and locally adapted land management to achieving high and stable yields while not undermining the provisioning of ES, including those that can substitute agricultural inputs (e.g., pest control). The core contribution of PASANOA lies in field 2 ‘Ensuring sustainable agricultural production’. Current land use trajectories in the Chaco are not sustainable, leading to the massive erosion of biodiversity and non-provisioning ES. Quantifying agricultural production, ES provisioning and biodiversity levels as well as exploring the present and future trade-offs between them will determine optimal combinations of these target variables for the Chaco. By exploring socio-economic trends, by assessing agents’ decision structure and through the transdisciplinary nature of PASANOA, we will identify policy instruments and planning guidelines to implement efficient and location-adapted land management systems. In doing so, PASANOA will identify solutions for transitioning to sustainable land management systems in Argentina.


Other relevant programs


Our team is actively involved in major national and global research programs related to sustainable land use. For example, the team contributes to BMBF’s research program “Sustainable Land Management” in the projects GLUES, KULUNDA and CarBioCial and we are deeply involved in the new Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys), established at HUB via the Germany Excellence Initiative. We are also active in several EU-FP7 projects on sustainable land use (e.g., HERCULES, VOLANTE, I-REDD+). Argentine partners lead a range of national-scale research projects in the field of sustainable land management, and INTA is the main authority to explore and implement efficient and sustainable land management strategies. Our team members are also involved in the IHDP/IGBP Global Land Project and in Diversitas, and we plan to affiliate our project with these programs (and thus the forthcoming Future Earth Initiative). Together, this will ensure the relevance of our project in relation to national and international research priorities, and the high visibility of our project.