Knowledge Platform

Knowledge Platform

This website provides a platform for knowledge on the role of the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in landscape valorization and the contribution of landscape management to the rural economy gathered in the context of the FP7 Research Project CLAIM. A theoretical framework of cause-effect-linkages is substantiated by empirical evidence from 25 individual research studies gathered in 9 different regions in the EU and Turkey. These empirical studies were carried out to provide insights into the ability of landscape to contribute to the production of added value for society in rural areas.

Figure 2. Adapted from van Zanten et al. 2014.
Figure 2. Adapted from van Zanten et al. 2014.

The information on this website ranges from Theoretical elaborations and Evidence to Conclusions and Policy Recommendations and is presented on three different levels.

  • The First level provides a theory background and overview on 6 topics (Policy instruments, Landscape, Second order benefits, Regional context, Actors and stakeholders and Methods).
  • On the Second level a Synthesis of Ad-hoc studies is presented including information of theory on a sub-topic, evidence from the Ad-hoc studies and policy recommendations.
  • Reports on all Ad-hoc studies that were carried out are presented at the Third level. The evidence from the 9 Case study areas contains besides the objective, method description and the most significant results also information related to findings how landscape can potentially affect rural economies and societies as well as the lesson learned/policy recommendations


Alma Mater Studiorum
Università Di Bologna (Italy)
Department of Agricultural Sciences
Department of Statistics

Prof. Davide Viaggi, Dr. Meri Raggi, Dr. Giuliano Galimberti, Dr. Stefano Targetti, Dr. Rosa Manrique
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Leibniz - Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research ZALF, Müncheberg (Germany)
Institute of Socio-Economics

Dr. Annette Piorr, Dr. Ingo Zasada, Dr. Fabrizio Ungaro, Kati Häfner, Dirk Pohle
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Joint Research Centre
Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) AgriLife Unit Sevilla (Spain)

Dr. Sergio Gomez y Paloma, Dr. María Espinosa, Dr. Marianne Lefebvre
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University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (Austria)
Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Economics (AFO)
Department of Economics and Social Sciences

Prof. Dr. Jochen Kantelhardt, Dr. Martin Kapfer, DI Lena Schaller
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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Institute for Environmental Studies VU-IVM

Prof. Dr. Peter Verburg, Boris van Zanten MSc,
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Andalusian Institute of Agricultural Research and Training IFAPA (Spain)
Dr. Manuel Arriaza, Dr. José A. Goméz-Limón, Dr. Sergio Colombo
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Warsaw University of Life Sciences SGGW WU (Poland)
Prof. Edward Majewski, Dr. Agata Malak-Rawlikowska, Dr. Piotr Sulewski
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Süleyman Demirel University (SDU)
Department of Agricultural Economics (Turkey)

Handan Giray, Tufan Bal, Mürşide Çağla Örmeci, İsmet Boz
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Agricultural University (Bulgaria)
Dr. Dimitre Nikolov, Dr. Teodor Radev, Dr. Petar Borisov
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National Institute for Agronomic Research INRA (France)
Laboratory of Researches for the development of Livestock

Jean Christophe Paoli, Pierre Matthieu Santucci, Claude Napoleone, Florian Guéniot, Michel Mouléry
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