What is Module A of the 'Sustainable Land Management' funding measure?

The Sustainable Land Management funding measure, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), aims to contribute to the development and implementation of practical solutions for global and regional challenges of land management. It seeks to develop new perspectives on the responsible use of the scarce land resources.

The focus of research in Module A is on the interactions between land management, climate change and ecosystem services. These interactions are multi-dimensional and complex and are not yet fully understood.

Twelve regional projects located in various parts of the world are analyzing complex correlations between land use, globalization, climate change, loss of biodiversity, population growth and urbanization. Researchers develop action recommendations and implement them as specific measures in these regions together with local partners with the aim of preserving the vital ecosystem services and their functions (ESS/ESF). Ecosystem functions and services must be protected for both societal and economic reasons. In the long run, ecosystem functions and services are essential if land is to function as a natural resource for human societies: They can support the resilience of ecosystems under climate change.

The research activities of the regional projects are supported by the scientific coordination project GLUES (Global Assessment of Land Use Dynamics, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Ecosystem Services) (see GLUES work areas).


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