Agroforestry – potential for regional development and sustainable rural landscapes

Funding: Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, program ÉTA

Principal investigator: Bohdan Lojka (Czech University of Life Sciences Prague)

Co-investigators:
Péter Szabó (Institute of Botany CAS)
Jan Weger (Silva Tarouca Research Institute for Landscape and Ornamental Gardening)
Antonín Martiník (Mendel University in Brno)
Jana Krčmářová (Institute of Ethnology CAS)
Jaroslav Šebek (Association of Private Farming of the Czech Republic)

Time-frame: 2018–2020

Project description:
The aim of the project is to evaluate the benefits and constraints of using agroforestry systems in the Czech Republic with a focus on the socio-economic, legal and environmental contexts. The project will evaluate the planting of trees on arable land in areas affected by soil erosion and drought, and animal husbandry combined with tree components. Based on a detailed literary review, socio-ethnological surveys, production and economic data gathered from farmers, the benefits of agroforestry systems for agricultural land will be fully evaluated. Furthermore, legislative constraints and opportunities for tree growing on agricultural land will be analyzed. The final outputs will include scientific publications and, in particular, documents (methodologies) for the application and implementation of agroforestry systems in the Czech Republic.

Research team at the Institute of Botany CAS:

Péter Szabó
Lukáš Kala
Jan Šipoš
Radim Hédl