LInking farmland Biodiversity to Ecosystem seRvices for effective ecofunctional intensificATION (2013-2017)

EU - others (LIBERATION EU FP7, 2013, running project)
Coordinator or leader of the project: 
Dr David Kleijn
Coordinator or leader institution of the project: 
ALTERRA, Wageningen UR
Short description: 

Linking farmland Biodiversity to Ecosystem services for effective eco-functional intensification.


The LIBERATION project aims to provide the evidence-base for the potential of ecological intensification to sustainably enhance food security with minimal negative impacts on the environment. This requires a basic insight in how biodiversity contributes to various ecosystem services and subsequently how ecosystem services contribute to yield and farm income. Key questions that will be addressed are:

  • How landscape structure and land-use interact in the provisioning of ecosystem services;
  • How farmland biodiversity is related to multiple ecosystem services;
  • Whether there are trade-offs between different ecosystem services;
  • How ecosystem services are related to farm income; 
  • How ecosystem services may be influenced by policy measures at the local, national or EU scale.