Polisol – Policy Instruments for Sustainable Soil and Land Use Management and their Acceptance

Project description

A 3D virtual environment for the examination of the reactions of various actors is developed. The effects on soil function and ecosystem services for possible scenarios are modeled and included in the virtual environment. In a survey as well as through expert interviews the acceptance of soil ecosystem service related policy instruments is investigated. Recommendations for the further development of spatial and soil policy are given, which contribute to the current debate on land use management and the interlinked soil quality. Further information: plus.ethz.ch/research/forschungsprojekte/polisol.html

Research themes

Integrated landscape management

Participatory planning

Ecosystem management

Project details

  • Start date:
    December 1, 2014
  • End date:
    November 30, 2017
  • Location:
  • Funded by:
    Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF): National Research Programme NRP68 “Sustainable use of soil as a resource”
  • Objectives:
    Combining innovative participatory modelling of the effects of policies on land use and soil ecosystem services with the analysis of market based instruments and their political acceptance.

Project contact

Adrienne Grêt-Regamey

ETH Zurich, Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development, Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems (PLUS)

Team members

  • Adrienne Grêt-Regamey
  • Enrico Celio
  • Manuel Sudau

Participating partners

Related publications

Participatory Mapping Institute
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