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Enhancing Agricultural Productivity and Ecosystem Service Resilience in Multifunctional Landscapes

Cluster Leader: Dr. Andy Smith, Bangor University

  • Aims to identify positive interactions between trees, livestock and soil and improve our understanding of animal behaviour and metabolism (feeding, growth, defecation and use of shelter)
  • Aims to increase productivity and reduce GHG emissions by multifunctional landscapes and exploiting the potential synergies between trees and livestock.
  • Examines the role of shelterbelt systems in the provision of ecosystem services and in increasing ecosystem resilience to perturbations of upland livestock systems.
  • Will inform policy on how sustainable intensification of farming practices can improve agricultural productivity and local livelihoods whilst enhancing the delivery of a range of regulating ecosystem services.


Click here for a document providing a wider context and insights into the pertinent challenges being addressed by the Cluster’s research.


MULTI-LAND is a partnership between:

Bangor University

  • Dr Andy Smith
  • Dr Hilary Ford
  • Dr Lars Markesteijn
  • Prof. John Healey
  • Dr Mark Rayment
  • Dr Tim Pagella

Aberystwyth University

  • Dr Christina Marley
  • Dr Eunice Carter
  • Dr Sian MacKintosh

Centre for Ecology and Hydrlogy

    Dr Dave Robinson

Coed Cymru

  • Mr Geraint Jones
  • Mr Gareth Davies

Natural Resources Wales

  • Mr Alun Davies

Snowdonia Natural Park Authority

  • Mr Rhys Owen

The Woodland Trust

  • Ms Clare Morgan
  • Ms Christine Tansey

The National Trust

  • Mr Arwyn Owen
  • Ms Sabine Nouvet