School of Natural and Environmental Sciences


Sustainable Intensification Platform (Project 2)

Sustainable intensification - increasing farm productivity while avoiding negative environmental and social impacts- is going to be key to ensuring future productivity. Involving a large consortium of stakeholders spanning research and practice, the project involves three interlinked projects led by Exeter University, National Institute of Agricultural Botany and ADAS. These projects will develop improved indicators for measuring different sustainable intensification interventions and their impact and test these at farm and then landscape scale, as well as examining the external influences on farmers’ productivity and the sustainability of their practices.

Project 2 of the SIP is investigating the opportunities and risks for farming and the environment at a landscape scale, exploring the potential of collaborative approaches to the sustainable intensification challenge. It aims to:

i) Develop a landscape typology based on land-use opportunities for business planning and environmental risk for agricultural land in England and Walesii) Identify objectives that require coordinated action over large spatial scales, develop and test landscape-scale interventions iii) Encourage and influence landscape-level collaboration

Practically this is involving the Newcastle team in a baseline survey of farmers, farm businesses and practices in the Nafferton case study area and the delivery of two national level Landbridge workshops to promote wider debate and understanding of SIP concepts and evidence targeting advisory professionals, as well as assisting in broader communications as part of the SIP 2’s knowledge exchange strategy.