Focus Group 'Recovery of abandoned agricultural lands'

How to foster new, practical ways for better management of abandoned agricultural land in a sustainable way?

The final report of this Focus Group has now been published.

Get all the information at a glance in the factsheet.


  • Collect and highlight best practices, approaches and methods in the process of reversion of land abandonment.
  • Identify the challenges and opportunities for those dealing with land abandonment.
  • Bring innovative approaches and solutions to the regeneration process and re-use of abandoned land.
  • Suggest adequate socioeconomic and environmental management practices for abandoned land to decrease the risk of soil degradation.
  • Identify further research needs from practice and possible gaps in knowledge.
  • Suggest innovative solutions and provide ideas for EIP-AGRI Operational Groups and other innovative projects.



Focus Group members

Surname First Name Profession Country
Amador García Alberto Other Spain
Bergounioux Flavie Civil servant France
Cartwright Andrew Researcher Hungary
Delgado Cecília Other Portugal
Di giuseppe Pierfrancesco Farmer Italy
Feehan John Adviser Ireland
Gatsiou Aimilia Civil servant Greece
Giuliano Giuseppe Adviser Italy
Gorgan Maxim Other Hungary
Kontogiannis Theo Adviser Greece
Lazaro Juan Antonio Other Spain
Lazdina Dagnija Researcher Latvia
Martins Santos Fonseca Carlos Manuel Farmer Portugal
Pagès Yolène Farmer France
Pecenka Ralf Researcher Germany
Pępkowska-Król Aleksandra Working at an NGO Poland
Petrie Gert Jan Farmer Netherlands
Sante Riveira Ines Other Spain
Weber Thomas Other Austria
Zdruli Pandi Researcher Italy


Facilitation team

Surname First Name Profession Country
Pinto Correia Teresa Coordinating expert Portugal
Jamrich Martin Task manager Slovakia
Onéga Lopez Quico Co-task manager Spain



English language

Starting paper - Recovery of abandoned agricultural lands

(PDF – 1.47 MB)

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Mini Paper 1 - Land abandonment: Identification and assessment of viable business models

(PDF – 300.22 KB)

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Mini Paper 2 - Sustainable land management as a lever to land abandonment

(PDF – 1.88 MB)

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Mini Paper 3 - Ownership, farm structure and behavioural aspects of land abandonment

(PDF – 532.88 KB)

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Mini Paper 4 - Securing Stakeholder Involvement in the Recovery of Abandoned Farmland

(PDF – 241.22 KB)

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Mini Paper 5 - What can we do to preserve agriculture in peri-urban areas?

(PDF – 522.36 KB)