The EcoStack project aims to provide European farmers with the knowledge and tools needed to maximize ecosystem services for the production of crops, while minimizing environmental impacts of agriculture and ensuring the profitability of farming. EcoStack focuses on the management of beneficial organisms within the field, rather than trying to manage the external influx, utilizing the increasing knowledge of interactions between trophic levels and assessing functional biodiversity benefits at different levels (within and between species, fields, landscapes). The project also addresses relevant socio-economic questions including farmer uptake.
SESS is part of expanding the existing list of beneficial and pest species (see ALMaSS Species models), and modelling the organisms ecology and behaviour. The primary tool used for the simulation is ALMaSS. The models will be used for creating a range of plausible scenarios for future agricultural management across pedoclimatic and socioeconomic conditions in Europe and evaluating it with respect to ESPs (European Protected Species). To include realistic conditions on farms, information on drivers and constraints of EcoStack-strategies will be obtained by modeling farmer decision making underpinned by case studies on social aspects.
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