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SEAMLESS integrated project aims at developing an integrated framework that allows ex-ante assessment of agricultural and environmental policies and technological innovations. The framework will have multi-scale capabilities ranging from field and farm to the EU25 and globe; it will be generic, modular and open and using state-of-the art software. The project is carried out by a consortium of 30 partners, led by Wageningen University (NL).

Icône de l'outil pédagogique Authors

Joost Wolf and Martin van Ittersum

Icône de l'outil pédagogique Introduction

European agriculture and rural areas face rapid changes in response to agreements to liberalize international trade, the introduction of novel agro-technologies, changing societal demand towards food and rural areas, and climate change. Efficient and effective agricultural and environmental policies are needed to support sustainability of European agriculture and its contribution to sustainable development of society at large. Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of new policies and innovations prior to their introduction, i.e., ex-ante integrated impact assessment, is vital to target policy development for sustainable development.

SEAMLESS (System for Environmental and Agricultural Modelling; Linking European Science and Society) is an Integrated Project within the 6th EC Framework Research programme ( and develops a computerized, Integrated Framework (SEAMLESS-IF) to analyse agricultural and environmental policy options and questions. SEAMLESS-IF enables assessment of indicators that capture the key economic, environmental and social issues of the questions at stake. The framework tool uses innovative software architecture which enables ex-ante integrated assessment at the full range of scales (from global to the field scale).

Icône de l'outil pédagogique Pedagogic Objectives
At the end of this lesson, the trainee will understand the methodology of SEAMLESS-IF and what it can be used for.

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