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Research and innovation

Public goods from agriculture and forestry

Policy, funding opportunities, jobs, projects, publications and databases.

Why does research and innovation on public goods from agriculture and forestry matter?

Agriculture and forestry are unique sectors delivering, alongside commercial products, societal public goods such as biodiversity, water regulation, landscape, erosion control, resilience to floods and climate change mitigation.

The increasing value assigned by society to the environment, culture and heritage of rural areas can be a driver of their sustainable growth.

This has materialised to a certain extent for public goods related to culture and heritage, e.g. tourism based on traditional landscapes or traditional food. However, the situation is less favourable for most environmental public goods.

Farmers and foresters are managing most of the EU land and, depending on practices used, can be sources of a wealth of environmental public goods for the benefit of rural areas and society.

Research activities can help improve the understanding of the complex interactions between primary production systems and ecosystems services. They should support the provision of these public goods and services through the delivery of management solutions, decision-support and monitoring tools and the assessment of their market and non-market value.

Funding opportunities

Horizon Europe

Calls for proposals and funding information related to agriculture, forestry and rural areas

LIFE programme

Some public goods from agrciculture and forestry related calls may be found in this programme

Projects and results

Collaboration and jobs

Find project partners

Search and view profiles of all organisations that have received funding via the funding and tenders portal

Scientific publications, tools and databases

EU Open Data Portal

Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions. All data is free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes


You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE


Access to agriculture data from the Copernicus programme