The quickly changing ecological, economic, social, and political environments confront society and science with new challenges to solve existing and newly emerging conflicts which impede both a sustainable land use, and sustainable agriculture and forestry in the Alpine region. A broad interdisciplinary co-operation is required to develop improved technical, organizational and political concepts and solutions for sustainable future primary production. These principles are pursued within the scope of the Polyproject 'PRIMALP — Sustainable Primary Production in the Alpine Region'. The project has two main objectives:
This research is carried out as a so-called Polyproject. Polyprojects are interdisciplinary research projects funded by ETH Zurich in which various institutes from engineering, natural and social sciences of the ETH participate. First projects started in May 1997. The overall project duration is five years. Projects are carried out as PhD theses. 11 PhD students and the project manager are involved in approved projects. Another 3 to 5 projects are submitted or planned for submission.
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