Vulnerability of Ecosystem Services to Land Use Change in Traditional Agricultural Landscapes (VISTA) EVK2-CT-2002-00168
Coordinator - Sandra Lavorel (CEFE – CNRS, Montpellier, France).
Execution dates - 2002-01-01 - 2005-01-01 (36 Months)
Funding Entity - UE
Proponent Institution -
Participating Institutions
1. Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE), Centre National de a Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Montpellier, France
2. Macaulay Land Use Research Institute (MLURI), Aberdeen, United Kingdom
3. Department of Geography, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
4. Landscape Ecology Working Group, Carl Von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (UOL), - Germany.
5. Equipe Orphée, Unité d’Agronomie, Institut de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Castanet-Tolosan, France, with a subcontract to: GÉOgraphie De l'Environnement (GEODE), Université le Mirail, Toulouse, France.
6. IMAR – Centro Interdisciplinary de Coimbra (FCTUC)
7. Laboratory of Rangeland Ecology, Aristotle University (AUTH), Thessaloniki, Greece
8. Department of Botany, Stockholm University (SU), Sweden
9. Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Trondheim, Norway.
10. University of South Bohemia (USB), Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
11. Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics, Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ), Israel.
12. Liga Para a Proteccaõ da Natureza (League for the Protection of Nature, LPN), Lisbon, Portugal 13. Laboratoire de Biologie des Populations d'Altitude, Université Joseph Fourier (UJJF), Grenoble, France

1.To develop a comprehensive framework for predicting the dynamics of and services provided by traditional agricultural landscapes; 2. To assess the impacts of land use change scenarios on landscape diversity and ecosystem functioning; 3.To develop ecological (/biological) indicators of vulnerability of ecosystem services in traditional agricultural landscapes; 4. To assess the vulnerability of ecosystem services to land use change in traditional agricultural landscapes