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Announcement of the “Integrated Land Use Systems" (ILUS) Summer School in Freiburg

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The summer school will take place from 12th - 30th June 2017



The rapidly growing world population and changes in food consumption are placing increasing pressure on agricultural and forestry production systems. However, the classic intensification approach to increase yield of food and biomass by genetic homogenization, mechanization and application of pesticides and fertilizer, has led in many places to negative environmental and social consequences such as soil degradation, eutrophication, decline in fresh water resources, loss of biodiversity, land-use conflicts, as well as a loss of employment. Against this background, Integrated Land Use Systems (ILUS), which combine different types of land uses and integrate several management goals in the same patch or landscape mosaic, are gaining more and more attention. It is assumed that ILUS provide a higher level of ecosystem goods and services, are less vulnerable to the risks of global change and markets, and are better suited to the livelihood strategies of local populations.
The Summer School will introduce participants to important ILUS (e.g., agroforestry systems) and the socio-economic context in which they developed, and to critical analysis of their ecological, social and economic performance. 


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