T1 / IRT-1

Integrated Environmental Assessment and Soil Monitoring for Europe

Long term monitoring to show changes in soil quality to levels impacting soil function, food security and human health and to measure progress on land degradation neutrality. ... read more
T2 / IRT-2

Recognizing the value of ecosystem services in land use decisions

Assessing magnitude and societal distribution of costs and benefits of land use options (e.g. through cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis or multi-criteria analysis) can help mainstream the value of ecosystem services into decision-making.... read more
T4 / IRT-4

Bio-Economy – unleashing the potentials while sustaining soils

Unleash the potential of soil to sustain a bio-economy in Europe by better understanding soil and economic systems in order to support land management for biomass production and consumption. Alternatives to non renewable resources are needed. Soils can provide bio-based resources, but overuse must be prevented to sustain soil system functions. ... read more
T6 / IRT-6

Indicators for assessing the efficiency of the Soil-Sediment-Water-Energy nexus of resources

national, regional, local authorities would benefit from a more global and informed vision of the utility (private and public) of their decisions if they were supplied with indicators helping to measure the consequences of their decisions on the natural resources. This “footprint” type of indicators will permit a statistical scoreboard to be used to analyze environmental impacts through the whole global economic cycle and thus better balance societal benefits and ecological effects of different resource-use options.... read more
T7 / IRT-7

Farming systems to maintain soil fertility while meeting demand for agricultural products

Understanding the potential of different agricultural food production systems while mainaining soil fertility and reducing negative environmental impacts associated with intensive conventional farming. Increased knowledge about economic and technical aspects of organic food porduciton systems will improve their competitiveness and help mainstream sustainable agricultural practices.... read more
T8 / IRT-8

Circular land management

Research is required to understand the patterns of behaviour and interdependencies of actors, especially land owners, active in land-related policy areas on a theoretical and practical level. It is important to combine the strategies and instruments by circular land management through applied research and pilot case studies and in the sense of modular “tool boxes” to qualify a sustainable land management. ... read more
T9 / IRT-9

Policies to effectively reduce land consumption for settlement development

Knowledge on how to design effective policies given the institutional constraints of their implementation and enforcement will be necessary to realize the benefits of reduced land consumption in rural and urban areas.... read more
T11 / IRT-11

Integrated management of soils in urban areas

Better understanding the role of urban soils in improving quality of urban space and consequently on health and living quality. ... read more
T12 / IRT-12

Environmentally friendly and socially sensitive urban development

Solutions that bridge the goals of urban environmental protection and social concerns of urban development are crucial to realize sustainable cities. Knowledge on environmental issues in urban planning as well as on social concerns is partly available but has to be deeper, up to date and better integrated. ... read more
T13 / IRT-13

Urban Metabolism – Enhance efficiency of using soil-sediment-water resources through closing of urban material loops

Without further development of the methodological concept of urban metabolism, it will be not possible to identify comprehensive measures to enhance urban resource efficiency, consistency and sufficiency. Urban metabolism instruments and tools are needed at different scales (local, regional, national and supranational) to address indirect impacts, such as rebound effects or indirect land consumption. Such new instruments and tools will help manage our common resource basis, minimize negative ecological effects, foster the local economy through a circular urban economy and support a long term, high level of urban quality of life. ... read more
T15 / IRT-15

Sustainable management to restore the ecological and socio-economic values of degraded land

Dedicated research will elaborate degradation-type and region-specific restoration and rehabilitation approaches for valorization of degraded areas.... read more
T17 / IRT-17

Climate change challenges - improving preparedness and response for climate conditions and related hazards

Spatial planning could be an instrument for coping with effects of climate change, but only if we have a better understanding of climate change mitigation, adaptation and counteracting negative climate phenomena. Integrated strategies on soil protection and land management should help reduce direct and indirect impacts from climate change. New technical and operational solutions can be developed using low cost, widely available data science.... read more
T18 / NC-1

Quantity and quality of soils, health of soils, soil carbon, greenhouse gases

Land use conflicts may be resolved by sustainable land management concepts based on natural capital and multiple ecosystem services provided by the soil-sediment-water system.... read more
T19 / NC-2

Biodiversity, organismic and genetic resources

Biodiversiy loss will be halted when the societal benefits of biodiversity and ecosystems is quantified for different areas.... read more
T21 / NC-4

Pollutant degradation, filtering and immobilization capacity

We will be able to manage the legacy of soil contamination fom the past more cost-effectively and sustainably, with knowledge on the natural capacity of the SSW-system to detoxify contaminants.... read more
T25 / D1

The 4 F´s: Food, feed, fibre, (bio)fuel

This research will strengthen the transtion towards a circular and biobased economy, by quantifying the societal demand of this transition for soil functions.... read more
T26 / D2

Regulating Ecosystem Services

Assessment and mapping of soil ecosystem services are prerequisites for sustainable management of natural resources, to optimize soil functions and services.... read more
T28 / D4


Current and future water demand scenarios will enable more futureproof land use decision making to ensure the delivery of sufficient and clean water for future generations. ... read more
T31 / D7

Health and quality of life (living environment)

Research on the contribution of nature to health and well-being will allow for better spatial design to optimize these health benefits, especially with repsect to vulnerable groups in deprived areas.... read more
T32 / LM1

Governance, management mechanisms, instruments and policy

Improved policies, governance structures and institutions to promote sustainable land management throughout Europe.... read more
T35 / LM4

Land as a resources in rural areas (Multifunctionality of rural areas)

This research will contribute to maintaining and improving soil fertility, and nutrient and pesticide management. It will support nature conservation and provide options to deal with urban sprawl and rural depopulation.... read more
T36 / NI1

Developing impact assessment methodology

Developing monitoring and impact assessment methodology will enable us to detect and assess emerging threats from global environemntal change (such as climate change), land management and pollution to human health and well-being, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem service provision as well as the prosperity of our economies. ... read more
T37 / NI2

Understanding and assessing impacts of drivers and management

This research will provide us with an understanding of the magnitude of the ecological, economic and social impacts of climate change, land management decisions, emerging and/or mixed pollutants, socio-economic drivers of land management and land use change, and policies, planning and regulation.... read more
T38 / NI3

Trade-off analysis & decision support

Research on comparative assessment of land management options will support realizing synergies and trading off conflicts between different societal demands with regard to land use and land management.... read more
T39 / NI4

Science-Policy-Society Interface

Strengthening the science-policy-society interface will facilitate knowledge-based development and implementation of land use policies by awareness raising, stakeholder involvement and policy integration. ... read more