Workpackage Stakeholder consultation, dissemination
and application of results


Workpackage manager: Dr. Neil BAYFIELD & Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexander CERNUSCA


Objectives:
Aims of WP 6 are i) to identify contrasting policy scenarios of land use in European mountain areas, ii) to disseminate the information on effects of different land-use scenarios on ecosystem and landscape carbon sequestration and iii) to apply project results for training on sustainable rural development.

Methodology / work description:
Stakeholder consultation: At each study site a focus group will be set up comprising environmental scientists and local and regional stakeholders. The focus groups will define scenarios of likely policy effects on land use and thus help to provide a link between the detailed process studies and the modelling of impacts of policies at landscape scale. The focus groups will have the task of agreeing possible policy scenarios (e.g. i) the status quo, ii) partial decoupling of EU agricultural price support, and iii) rural diversification) and assessing their likely implications for the study sites. The stakeholder groups will use established decision and voting systems to provide an audit trail for their conclusions. The groups will also comment on the likely changes that might occur at the smaller scale sites in the rest of the network. These inputs will be used to help structure and provide a context for the preliminary modelling of carbon sequestration at the landscape scale for selected study sites. GIS-based maps and spatial models (developed in WP 5) will be made accessible to visualise the actual and future effects of land use on ecosystem and landscape carbon sequestration.
Dissemination of results will involve production of GIS-based maps and spatial models (developed in WP 5) to visualise the effects of land-use change on ecosystem and landscape carbon sequestration. Different types of dissemination and education techniques will be used, including Internet, workshops and report-based recommendations to stakeholders. A link will be established with international programmes focusing on land-use changes and the carbon cycle (LUCC, IPCC, GCTE, ECCP). In order to promote a fast and effective application of the results of CARBOMONT in training, economy and administration, a close co-operation with the transfer and mobility programmes of the EU (SOCRATES, LEONARDO) will be implemented.


Deliverables:

  • Definition of likely scenarios of land use in European mountain areas
  • Evaluation of land-use scenarios with reference to an implementation of the Kyoto Protocol; recommendations for a sustainable rural development of mountain areas
  • Internet web-site for visualisation of carbon sequestration and CO2 flux partitioning, and of landscape scenarios
  • Dissemination of project results to stakeholders and end-users
  • Materials and tools for EU-TMR intensive courses
  • Synthesis volume on project results

Milestones:

  • Internet web-site for visualisation of carbon sequestration and CO2 flux partitioning, and of landscape scenarios installed
  • Definition of likely scenarios of land use in European mountain areas
  • Materials and tools for EU-TMR intensive courses available
  • Evaluation of land-use scenarios with reference to an implementation of the Kyoto Protocol; recommendations for a sustainable rural development of mountain areas available