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Ecological intensification ( EI PROJECT)

Ecological intensification ( EI PROJECT)

Integrating knowledge of ecosystem services to promote sustainable agriculture in Chile (ACT192027) is a three-year project funded by the Agencia Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo (ANID), from the Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation of Chile.
EI project is a consortium of academics / researchers from the P. Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (School of Agriculture and Institute of Biology), Universidad de Talca (Institute of Biology), P. Universidad Católica de Chile (Department of Ecology and Faculty of Agriculture and Forest Engineer).
Intensification of agriculture is the main cause of land-use change, biodiversity loss, soil degradation, and squanders water, in addition to a third of the total greenhouse gas emission. Therefore, conventional intensive agriculture, become a major socio-environmental driver of global change.

As a consequence, new strategies for food production must be identified and explored to cope with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the future scenarios of climate change with the challenge to achieve future food security without compromising Earth system resilience.
Ecological intensification (hereinafter EI) is a nature-based solutions (NBS) that has emerged as a new paradigm to enhance sustainability and harness ecosystem services for food security. It has also been proposed as an emerging solution for mitigating climate change.
At EI project, we will assess the general hypothesis to evaluate if a high proportion of natural areas in the agricultural landscape supports and interacts with local management to enhance the provision of ecosystem services through more natural enemies, pollinators, and higher soil quality as well as functional microbial communities, leading to greater yields and better-quality crops.
In order to bridge the gap between science and action, with regard to farming systems, we aim to understand drivers and limitations for transitioning to EI practices, allowing us to connect research and policy action.

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Research

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Human capital formation

Science communication

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