World Soil Day, (5th December) is the one day in the year that the United Nations asks us all to think about the role of soil in our daily lives and how it protects us from many environmental problems. If we look to the problems of food supply, flooding, and climate change, many of the answers lie in the soil. This fragile crust of soil is complex and still mysterious, but every year scientific research reveals more about its importance to supporting our lives on earth.
As part of that scientific research, the RECARE project has gathered scientists from across Europe to find practical answers to sustaining healthy soil. From Iceland to Cyprus the research team are testing solutions to urgent problems of soil management, these trials are devised by the scientists working with local farmers and land managers.
Across Europe, test plots are being used to find practical solutions to soil-based problems as diverse as the impacts of wildfire on soil erosion to how to reclaim the soil from the deserts created by arctic winds in Iceland. Through to cleaning up polluted soils in Romania and Spain through planting trees and using plants to mop up toxic metals.
Evenor team, co-leader in Guadiamar Green Corridor Case of Study, with Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiología de Sevilla (IRNAS), said, «We are excited that the project has reached its mid-point, the community around the trials have been enthusiastic about taking part and making suggestions that we have been able to incorporate into our trails.»
«We know that answering practical questions about Soil Contamination is critical not only to people who live in the area, but also to those who are impacted more widely. Once we have results from our trials, we will then share these not only across Spain but throughout Europe. Work done here in collaboration with local people is going to have international importance as well as solving our problems through better management of the soil».
The University of Wageningen in the Netherlands co-ordinates the project, Prof. Ritsema said;
«We face many environmental challenges in Europe, but we know that we can manage soil more efficiently, and in doing so stop many of the problems people face. From landslides in mountainous areas, through to the flooding in cities caused by sealing over the soil, as soil scientists, we are creating many practical solutions. The RECARE project is working with people who are often affected by damaged soil, and we are using their knowledge to find answers that will make a difference quickly.»
«RECARE is a remarkable collaboration between scientists across Europe; I am sure that in a couple of years, at the end of the project, we will be able to announce a series of steps that can be taken to help preserve soils and protect people from the problems of damaged soil.»http://www.recare-hub.eu/
Evenor Tech joins the Peopoe4SOIL initiative
«People 4 Soil» is a free and open network of European NGOs, research institutes, farmers associations and environmental groups. We are very worried about the increasing degradation of soils both in the EU and at global level: erosion, sealing, loss of organic matter, compaction, salinisation, landslides and contamination have negative impacts on human health, food security, natural ecosystems, biodiversity and climate, as well as on our economy.
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- Standardization of the forest ecosystems services by using the mappings of land use (LULCMA) at regional and european scale.
- Assessing how these ecosystem services are affected by drivers of change, mainly land use change.
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As World Soil Day on 5th December 2015 marks the ending of the International Year of Soils, it is reassuring to know that scientists will still be working to find solutions to protect our soils.
2015 was declared International Year of Soils by the United Nations in order to raise awareness of the profound importance of soil for human life . As well as providing us with food and fibre, soils can also play an important role in climate change mitigation by storing carbon and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. Meaning they have a vital role to play in the current Climate Change discussions in Paris.
As global attention now moves away from soils, scientists working on an EU funded project called RECARE will still be developing solutions to the problems of soil erosion, soil compaction, soil contamination, flooding and landslides, desertification, soil biodiversity loss, decline in organic matter, salinization and soil sealing. The challenges to peoples’ lives and homes are detailed in an international series of documentaries showing how damaging soils, damages lives.
RECARE researchers are working with the local people across Europe in 17 case study areas to put soil saving solutions into practice. Low tech but scientifically informed interventions are set to transform the protection of soils and the lives of those affected by them. Examples include, grassed waterways, straw mulching or terracing to prevent soil erosion and flooding, the use of intercropping to increase soil organic matter, or the planting of particular tree species to remove the toxins from contaminated soils. RECARE has already produced a review of potential measures that can be applied to combat these soil threats .
Professor Coen Ritsema is the RECARE Project Co-ordinator and is based at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He said,
“As the International Year of Soils draws to a close, it is good to know that work continues to protect this precious resource. The project team is committed to ensuring that we are able to provide people with practical, affordable ways in which they can protect our soil resources. 2015 has raised awareness of the soils vital role in all of our lives, now we need to take action”.
RECARE researchers will continue their work to develop effective prevention, remediation and restoration measures in the battle against soil threats until 2018, when the project is due to finish.
Last September 10, 2015 Workshop about Andaland System was held at the Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Seville (IRNAS)(CSIC). This system is a milestone tasks 1.3.2 RECUPERA2020 project, coordinated by the group of Irrigation and Ecophysiology of Crops IRNAS-CSIC, and active collaboration with the engineering firm INCLAM water, and assessment firm Evenor-Tech soils.
ANDALAND is an online tool to make decisions about sustainable use of land and water taking in account socio-economic aspects, with special emphasis on management of different irrigation technologies, adapted to the environmental characteristics of Andalusia in global change scenarios. In addiction the platform also provide a paper catalog of Andalusia soils. It’s expected that both finally will be launched at the end of November 2015.
The purpose of the event was to evaluate the suitability of the tool with potential users, land managers Andalusia academic, administrative and private sectors. The event was attended by representatives of the Consejería de Agricultura y Pesca of Junta de Andalucía, FERAGUA, WWF, Department of Human Geography de la University of Seville, CSIC, CITAGRO, TEPRO y AQUAMÁTICA.
In the event various presentations and participatory exercises was maked in order to added value of the platform ANDALAND according to the experience of water managers and floor they were made in Andalusia. We thank your interest attendees and the comments and criticisms made.
In addiction to other applications, ANDALAND system can be used in precision agriculture to achieve a more efficient agriculture in terms of productivity and environmental sustainability. The system is presented as an effective tool to assess the quality of soil and water, essential basis of life and support of multiple production systems.
For more information, you can enter the website www.riego-recupera2020.es.
With INCLAM Water Engineering, Evenor Tech has participated in the Seventh National Symposium on control of degradation and soil restoration which was held in Bilbao from 23 to June 26.
In this conference we have presented the works and results of ANDALAND, a support system in decision making for the assessment of water and soil resources as well as management technologies associated with agricultural systems.
The ANDALAND project is being coordinated by the Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Seville and is part of RECUPERA2020.