The SEAMLESS integrated project aims at developing a computerized,
integrated and working framework (SEAMLESS-IF) to assess and compare,
ex-ante, alternative agricultural and environmental policy options,
Analysis at the
full range of scales (farm to EU and global), whilst focusing on the
most important issues
emerging at each scale;
Analysis of the
environmental, economic and social contributions of a
multifunctional agriculture towards sustainable rural development
and rural viability;
Analysis of a
broad range of issues and agents of change, such as climate change,
environmental policies, rural development options, effects of an
enlarging EU, international competition and effects on developing
The overall objective of the SEAMLESS project is to deliver such an
integrated framework, with the following specific objectives:
To develop and
test a multi-perspective set of economic, social and environmental
indicators of the sustainability and multifunctionality of systems,
policies and innovations in agriculture and agroforestry, and to
establish, as far as possible, threshold values for these indicators
and/or to enable trade-off analysis.
quantitative and qualitative tools and databases for integrated
evaluation of agricultural systems at multiple scales and for
varying time horizons.
To develop a
software architecture that allows reusability of model and database
components and knowledge, also ensuring transparency of models and
To validate and
demonstrate the applicability and reliability of SEAMLESS-IF in
selected tests of its use.
participatory development and use of SEAMLESS-IF, including
dissemination, knowledge transfer and training.
In order to allow
SEAMLESS-IF to be open for further developments, it needs to offer a
generic and flexible structure.