What is SESSIT?
SESSIT translates to Socio-Ecological System Interaction Tool. The socio-ecological system thinking, coined by Elinor Ostrom emphasises interaction (between people) in solving social dilemmas. The tool focuses on the dilemma of sustainable food production and communicates agro-ecological solutions between farmers and with other people interested in food production.
SESSIT is built on interactive maps. The content of SESSIT is available through three thematic tabs within a map that allows the user to explore sustainable agriculture in different ways around the globe. The three thematic tabs are:
- Agro-ecological farming tab. This tab deploys a map with agro-ecological farms and case study areas of agro-ecology. Interested users can browse through farms that have been part of some agro-ecological initiatives or projects. Besides the farms, the map illustrates case study areas of agro-ecological research projects. The farms and areas are clickable and lead to more in depth stories of dealing with agro-ecological farming. This part of SESSIT is intended for farmers and for the general public, for sharing and learning from new and successful adaptations of agro-ecological practices.
- Policies and strategies tab. This tab looks at the agro-ecological systems from the perspective of national and EU policies/governance. These stories are accessed through the countries shown on the map by clicking on them and the opening links in the attribute boxes. This part of SESSIT is mainly targeted at policy makers and everyone eager to learn how innovative market and policy incentives can pave a path to building sustainable farming systems;
- Sustainability tool tab. This part of the SESSIT brings a different level of perspective for investigating the sustainability of farming in Europe. Created in a dashboard environment it provides advanced functionality and level of information. The tool connects changes in farming practices, value chains and consumption to accepted sustainable development metrics (e.g. Sustainable Development Goals). This part of SESSIT is intended for advanced specialists and experts who are familiar in working with GIS systems.