Work Packages

Research activities in UNDERTREES span across 3 thematic areas (TA):

  • TA1. Agronomic and environmental sustainability
  • TA2. Socio-economic sustainability
  • TA3. Policy development

WP1. Management and Coordination
Lead: Giorgio Ragaglini (SSSA); Co-Lead: Sara Burbi (CAWR)

The objective of this Work Package is to establish a strong project management structure and procedures in order to ensure that the project meets its objectives within budget and scheduled timescales. Tasks will include coordination between the European Commission (EC) and partners, money transactions to the beneficiaries, monitoring project progress and secondment implementation, tracking deliverables and reporting back to the consortium, resolving arising conflicts if any, dealing with risk situations, adjusting project plan as needed and arranging project meetings. The project coordinator will also report to the EC and will be responsible for management and progress reports, costs statements, and the final project report to the EC.

WP1 tasks include:

  • Task 1.1: Administrative management
  • Task 1.2: Data Management Plan (DMP) and Data Repository
  • Task 1.3: Secondment quality and ethics monitoring
  • Task 1.4: Progress reporting and evaluation

WP2. Training and Career Development
Lead: Sara Burbi (CAWR); Co-Lead: Francis Dube (UDeC)

The purpose of this WP is to improve and expand academic and practical skills and knowledge of staff on secondments. Staff will be provided with training that will strategically contribute to their career development. Activities within this WP include, but are not limited to, lectures, university courses, and summer schools. These activities will be run by partner institutions. Secondments will be used to receive training in specific subjects and to provide teaching to other partners in the Consortium. The topics addressed by this WP will include all subjects relevant to the main topic of UNDERTREES, e.g. research design and methodologies, natural resources management under climate change, land use and ecosystem modelling, technology for integrated landscape management, environmental economics, greenhouse gas emissions monitoring and carbon stocks measurement, rural sociology, and gender issues in agriculture. This WP will provide staff with the skills and knowledge needed to advance their career, deliver research on and implement landscape management in agroforestry systems. Intersectoral secondments will be key to incorporating a multi-actor approach to learning and training that considers the needs and capabilities of academic and non-academic partners.

WP2 tasks include:

  • Task 2.1: Training Schools
  • Task 2.2: Professional development for agroforestry-related careers
  • Task 2.3: Staff feedback from training activities and secondments
  • Task 2.4: Handbook and recommendations for training and courses development for agroforestry-related careers

WP3. Field Research and Data Collection
Lead: Alberto Mantino (SSSA); Co-Lead: Rodrigo Olave (AFBI)

This WP has the objective to advance agroforestry research filling the knowledge gap about the ES generated by different farming systems in different biogeographical areas. This WP will increase the research capacity of partners and build the scientific evidence-base at field and cropping system level in 4 different biogeographical areas (i.e. cool temperate, Mediterranean, tropical, sub-tropical, in both hemispheres). The specific objectives are: (1) establishment of a methodology framework for the assessment of ES and indicators, valuing the environmental, economic and social sustainability; (3) set-up of Living Labs database with a common data collection methodology (3) applying the methodology developed to Living Lab and carrying out an integrated sustainability assessment for TA1 and TA2. This WP is intensely interrelated with the objectives of other work packages: Indeed, WP4 will use data from field collection; WP5 will exploit outreach from this WP for the research-driven multi-actor approach. To this scope, the contributions of the non-academic sectors, such as farmer organisations, companies and non-governmental organisations, is crucial. This will lead to a wider research interaction across sectors and disciplines.

WP3 tasks include:

  • Task 3.1: Define the methodology for ES accounting at field and cropping system level
  • Task 3.2: Set up of the Living Labs database and activity coordinators
  • Task 3.3: Data collection for ES assessment at field site
  • Task 3.4: Integrated multi-criteria sustainability evaluation of field sites

WP4. Mapping and Modelling
Lead: Susanne Schnabel (UEX); Co-Lead: Beatriz Agudo Freije (OVISUR)

Modelling is an essential tool for research that enhances scientific knowledge and allows its integration in practical tools, which are necessary to support the management of complex systems, such as AF ones. This WP has the objective to improve the seconded staff skills in modelling ecosystem services in AF systems at landscape scale, both from an agro-environmental and socio-economic point of view. In particular, the integration of different modelling approaches into research on AF will be promoted, valuing partners’ background and sharing their experiences in statistical modelling, conceptualisation and model parameterisation, data analysis, geo-statistics and spatial models, calibration and validation of process-based models, prediction modelling and scenario development and simulation. Particular attention will be paid to investigating the role of these techniques with regard to the integrated assessment of forecasted scenarios (climate change) of future trends of AF systems. This WP is intensely interrelated with the other research WP: (1) WP4 will use field data collected in WP3, beyond data from available geographical database; (2) WP4 results will feed the research-driven multi-actor approach implemented in the WP5.

WP4 tasks include:

  • Task 4.1: Definition of the methodology for ES assessment at landscape scale
  • Task 4.2: Agro-environmental modelling for ES assessment
  • Task 4.3: Socio-economic modelling for ES assessment
  • Task 4.4: Integrated sustainability evaluation at landscape scale

WP5. Participatory Approach
Lead: María Rosa Mosquera Losada (USC); Co-Lead: Felister Mombo (UA)

The main objective of WP5 is to engage with key actors in the sector with the aim to identify barriers but also drivers for a sustainable development of AF, considering agro-environmental (TA1), socio-economic (TA2) and policy (TA3) aspects. This WP has a horizontal structure to spread existing and new knowledge widely. The aim of this WP is to collect data and share knowledge among partners and actors with the following objectives: (i) assess ES of agroforestry systems by a multi-actor participatory approach, fostering collaboration between academics and producers, technicians; (ii) to develop local actions plans to promote agroforestry systems and to tackle implications of market pressure and policy limitations; and (iii) to develop a Guideline for EU Common Agricultural Policy development. This WP is structured in 4 tasks and activities will include a series of workshops to promote interaction between the partners in the Consortium and external stakeholders and to collect data and information through stakeholder engagement. Information and data collected in this WP will be exploited according to the dissemination strategy developed in WP6 and included in academic and non-academic communications.

WP5 tasks include:

  • Task 5.1: Creation and management of stakeholder networks
  • Task 5.2: Stakeholder consultation for the definition of the ES and sustainability indicators
  • Task 5.3: Development of local action plans and participatory multi-criteria sustainability assessment
  • Task 5.4: Guidelines for EU Common Agricultural Policy development

WP6. Dissemination and Communication
Lead: Ulrich Schmutz (CAWR); Co-Lead: Nuria Ferreiro Domínguez (USC)

The aim of WP6 is to communicate project activities and results in order to raise awareness of the concepts of agroforestry systems around the world, their management and ecosystem services and their potential for climate change mitigation to a wide range of stakeholder using several methods. The Communication strategy of UNDERTREES will be organised in order to maximize the exchange within the Consortium and with the wider society, through several forms and channels and will be detailed at the start of the project in a Plan for the Dissemination and Exploitation of project Results. The dissemination and communication methods will include UNDERTREES website, newsletters (8), scientific conferences (2), participation to other conferences (3), knowledge brokerage events (4), workshop (2), parliamentary session (1), press release (4) and social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter).

WP6 tasks include:

  • Task 6.1: Dissemination and Exploitation strategy
  • Task 6.2: Dissemination and communication to academic audiences
  • Task 6.3: Dissemination and communication to stakeholders
  • Task 6.4: Networking with other projects on agroforestry at global level