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Farmers’ incentives for choosing most appropriate environmental measures must increase

Lovisa Nilsson at fieldwork in agricultural fields. Many farmers are positive to measures beneficial for biodiversity and the environment. But bureaucracy and regulatory hassle often stand in the way, says Lovisa Nilsson in a new dissertation, while also calling for better financial incentives for the individual farmer to choose the best environmental measures.

Thank you!

Bild på en ros Today, 15 November, we celebrate Philanthropy Day. In connection with this, Lund University would like to extend its warm gratitude to you for having shown an active interest and for supporting our activities.  

Another type of forest management would provide greater values for society

Forest A forest management method different to those practised today would contribute to greater welfare and wellbeing for society in general, compared with current methods that mainly benefit the forestry industry. This has been shown in a new study by two researchers from Lund University in Sweden.

Broader view of blue carbon gives climate summit input

Terese Thoni at fieldwork in Guayaquil, Ecuador Protecting, planting and restoring coastal ecosystems has attracted increased attention as a way of capturing and storing carbon in mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows. In her dissertation, Terese Thoni has investigated the importance of these ecosystems in relation to the political climate negotiations.

What if we paid countries to protect biodiversity?

Regnskog Amazonas Researchers from Sweden, Germany, Brazil and the USA have developed a financial mechanism to support the protection of the world’s natural heritage. In a recent study, they developed three different design options for an intergovernmental biodiversity financing mechanism. Asking, what would happen if money was given to countries for providing protected areas, they simulated where the money would flow, what type of incentives this would create - and how these incentives would align with international conservation goals.

Researchers reject the EU reform plans for CAP – “not viable for the future”

combine harvester at a field When it comes to meeting sustainability goals, the current reform proposal of the EU Commission on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) falls well short at the mark, accordning to a group of international researchers writing in the journal Science. The proposed amendments to the CAP will not improve the environmental protection – rather the opposite, says Dagmar Clough, ecologist at Lund University and one of the researchers behind the analysis.

Unique climate modeling with vegetation in focus

Picture of tundra in Russia Researchers at Lund University have contributed to creating a new, updated version of a global climate model that will increase understanding of global warming. Through the new model, one can now look at how land use and changes to vegetation can influence, and be influenced by, climate change.

How is the life of the urban birds?

Hand holding young Blue Tit in forest Summer days bring relaxing breaks in parks for many city dwellers. But how often do you look up from your picnic blanket and reflect on the surrounding wildlife and on how it would affect you if the birds went silent for good? Johan K. Jensen’s doctoral studies compares the wellbeing of some of our most common small birds living in the city compared to the countryside.

Gardening tips: Five easy ways to contribute to biodiversity

Anna Persson in her garden. Photo: Anna Maria Erling. The greatest threat to biodiversity today is different species losing their habitats. To reverse this trend will require action on many societal levels, and there are simple things you can do in your own garden to help, according to Lund University researchers Anna Persson and Caroline Isaksson.

New knowledge makers focus on environmental and climate effects

PhD student spring meeting 2019 How do micro-plastics affect our soil? What's the impact of urbanization on biodiversity? And how can drones be used for measuring carbon fluxes from Swedish peatlands? These were a few of the questions raised at the initial PhD student spring meeting at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC).

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