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The Work Packages

by Baptiste.Hautdidier — last modified 2010-07-26 14:59

To fulfil its objectives, PRIMA is organised in several Work Packages (WP) that group together scientific knowledge and specific skills:

  • The core of the project is WP3, that aims at designing and developing micro-simulation and agent based models.

  • These models rely on behaviour rules drawn up at local level from stakeholders' consultation for the main actors in rural landscapes. All the stakeholders' consultations, during pre-, on- and post-modelling phases are grouped in WP2.

  • The models will also need a deep analysis of the EU structural policies, the identification of driving forces at EU, national and regional levels, the design of national and regional scenarios. All these activities are grouped into WP1.

  • Once the models have been validated by the stakeholders (see WP2), their results will be aggregated over all municipalities in each region. This aggregation requires a mapping between available data at municipality level (provided by WP1) and some settings of the models (provided by WP3). Mapping and aggregation form WP4.

  • The models will be designed to be compatible with more usual European Policy models (SEAMLESS-IF for the agricultural sector, Sustainable Impact Assessment Tools (SIAT) resulting from the SENSOR project for the forest and tourism sectors, GTAP-IMAGE for global changes and interactions between land use changes and land-related changes on emissions of greenhouse gases), when simplified to match the main assumptions of these aggregated models. Aggregated outputs of the agent based models will be compared to outputs of these aggregated models in WP5.

  • As structural European policies are liable to modify the multifunctional characters of rural landscapes, while favouring new activities or associations of actors inside common projects, WP6 sets out to examine to which extent considering indicators that describe the multifunctionality of rural landscapes can widen the scope of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Sustainable Impact Assessment (SIA).

  • Last, once the proposed project has gained locally validated models that can be aggregated and compared with those provided by already existing aggregated models, the proposed project will analyse the internal functions of these models to design a method that enhances the scope of SEA, EIA & SIA. This activity entails all WPs.

  • The WP0 encompasses the whole technical, financial & scientific coordination.

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