About the Project STACCATO

STACCATO is a BiodivERsA funded EU project which will focus on the analysis and evaluation of Ecosystem Services (ESS), both in isolation and in concert, and their sensitivity to land use patterns in agriculturally dominated landscapes.

The starting point of STACCATO is based on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA). For the purposes of its scope, the project has identified a subset of ecosystem functions and services which are particularly relevant for the land use systems concerned:
Provisioning Services (PS): Primary production, Crop production, Nutrient status.
Regulating Services (RS): Species interactions, Biocontrol of Crop pests, Crop Pollination.
Cultural Services (CS): Aesthetics/Beauty, Recreation, Cultural Identity.

To analyse and evaluate the development of this set of ESS, STACCATO will interlink them with the most relevant pressures impacting upon them and with the changes of these pressures over time:
Land use intensity.
Biodiversity loss.
Climate change.
The inputs and outputs of the socio-economic system in which they are embedded.

STACCATO research will be largely based on input from and exchange with the relevant stakeholders and under different land use and climate change scenarios and their effects on environmental threats in the future. The results are to be implemented again in close collaboration with relevant stakeholder groups.

Project Activities

Investigate the interactions between crop production areas and the landscapes in which they are imbedded across a European wide field site network.

Provide quantification (incl. the assessment of uncertainty) of the current and future dependencies of ESS of the cropping systems on a) local & regional land use intensity and its driving forces, b) biodiversity and c) climate.

Study three ESS strands: a) nutrient status & crop production, b) crop related biocontrol & pollination, and c) cultural services and how they are affected by land use intensity.

Develop valuations of the investigated ESF/ESS strands through monetary as well as nonmonetary methods.

Test and further improve existing and new indicators for ESS and their values, develop an indicator based assessment of risks and opportunities of crop production in the light of ESS influenced by changes in land use intensity, biodiversity and climate.

Co-design project activities in close interaction with stakeholders.

Develop guidelines for decision makers (incl. farmers) to enhance ESS provision, in particular through eco-functional intensification by ecological engineering.

Develop socio-economic analytical frameworks & tools for promotion of advanced land management practices, based on analyses of driving forces & stakeholders.

Develop Ecological Engineering and Ecofunctional intensification in conventional, integrated or organic agriculture.

Closely link the research activities with those of LEGATO in order to allow generalizations across continents and testing of project results for their specific or generic character.


Fundația ADEPT Transilvania

Fundația ADEPT


Babeș Bolyai, Cj.

Universitatea SAPIENTIA

Universitatea Sapiența,
din Transilvania

Universitatea SAPIENTIA


Unitatea Executiva pentru Finantarea Invatamantului Superior, a Cercetarii, Dezvoltarii si Inovarii

International workshop on ecosystem services provided by farmland, hosted by Sapientia University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

In the period of 22-25th of August, Sapientia University hosted a major workshop organized within the international transdisciplinary project ‘Sustaining agricultural change through ecological engineering and optimal use of ecosystem services’ (acronym: STACCATO), which is coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for

STACCATO is a BiodivERsA funded EU project. Romania is represented in this consortium by Babeş-Bolyai University (team led by Prof. László Rákosy), ADEPT foundation (team led by Răzvan Popa) and Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania (team led by Tibor Hartel). ... Read More

SusTaining AgriCultural ChAnge Through ecological engineering and Optimal use of natural resources

This project receives funding within the BiodivERsA/FACCE initiative (agreement No BiodivERsA-FACCE2014-47). Duration: 2014-11-01 - 2018-10-31

Discover more on www.staccato-project.net