Europe and Central Asia
31 Aug 2015

PEGASUS: Sustainable land management from a different perspective

The PEGASUS project now has an online home: its website, Twitter and LinkedIn. Photo: Jaroslav Prazan
By Trees Robijns

The EU research project: PEGASUS (Public Ecosystem Goods and Services from land management – Unlocking the Synergies) which was formally launched in March this year, now has a dedicated website (more details here), Twitter (@PEGASUS_eu) and LinkedIn group and profile (pegasuseu) to keep you updated on its progress. BirdLife, which is one of its 14 partners in 10 EU countries, will be working over the next three years (2015-2018) to explore ways in which rural land management through agriculture and forest management can be transformed to better deliver the public goods and ecosystem services that are so important for our planet and the life on it.

More than 30 case studies will be developed in Europe to see how we farm and manage forests in a way that brings long term improvement to the environment and its resources. The first national workshops are planned for September.

PEGASUS is coordinated by the IEEP (Institute for European Environmental Policy) and gets its funding from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research programme. It began from the premise that public goods and ecosystems are crucial for agriculture and forest activities both in terms of their provisions to those sectors and to society. However, this is not always taken into account when decisions about land use or management are made. Therefore, PEGASUS will look at how these concepts can be turned into reality more easily by using innovative tools and engaging actively within case studies to ensure these ideas and plans do not remain only on paper.

One of the key elements of the project is stakeholder involvement beginning with national workshops, which will take place in 10 Member States this month (Austria, Estonia, Portugal, Slovenia, Germany, France, UK, Netherlands, Italy and Czech Republic). Private and public stakeholders will be invited to exchange best practice designs and ideas on how public goods and ecosystem services can be better incorporated into farming and forestry administration.

If you wish to subscribe to the newsletter or receive an invitation to the national workshops, please contact the organizers by emailing More information about the project can be found here.

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