LEEDS – Brochure

LEEDS – Brochure


The University of Leeds’ NOVASOIL project case study is the Landscape Enterprise Network (LENs). Developed by sustainability consultancy 3Keel, LENs is an approach to developing integrated, place-based marketplaces for ecosystem services, and as such is a good example of a reliable and profitable business model that can promote soil health.
The creation of a marketplace allows companies and government agencies interested in incentivising nature-based solutions and delivering landscape-level outcomes to enter into trading contracts with farmers, farmer cooperatives and landscape managers who are able to deliver aggregated ecosystem services (e.g. water quality management, soil carbon sequestration, flood risk management, resilient and sustainable crop production, biodiversity outcomes, etc.).
In line with the objectives of the NOVASOIL project, we will assess the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats associated with the adoption of LENs as an approach to
1) Encouraging the adoption of land management practices by farmers, farmer cooperatives and land managers;
2) encouraging companies and government agencies to take a holistic, landscape-level view of soil health and commit to scaling up soil health-related outcomes.
We are interested in assessing whether the extent to which farmers and land managers are involved in the process of establishing a LEN has an impact on the scaling process and the ability of LEN stakeholders to achieve the desired outcomes in terms of ecosystem service provision.
In order to gather the data required to meet the objectives of the NOVASOIL project, we will primarily focus on engaging the community of stakeholders involved in the establishment of LENs in Cumbria and East Anglia. However, we will also explore the possibility of establishing LENs in other areas of the UK.

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