T11 / IRT-11

Integrated management of soils in urban areas

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  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Europe
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom



Czech Republic

Veronika Kortanova
+420 257 280 636kortanova@kr-s.czhttp://www.kr-stredocesky.cz/web/regionalni-rozvoj/program-smart-akceleratoryespossiblynoProgramme - Smart Accelerator - Assistence of the Central Bohemian Region. Support for applied research. The local partner is needed.
Marie Pacakova
xymarie.pacakova@gacr.czhttps://gacr.cz/en/yespossiblynoGrant Agency of the Czech Republic, a section for support of the research. Open to all fields of science. The Czech Science Foundation (also known as the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, GA CR) was established in 1993 as the main independent public organization with the aim to support basic research in the Czech Republic and promote international collaboration of researchers and research teams on the bilateral and multilateral levels. On the basis of calls for proposals, the Czech Science Foundation provides financial support for experienced as well as young and early-stage researchers. Moreover, it funds bilateral projects together with projects carried out within international research programmes. The subject of a project proposal is determined by the applicant (bottom-up principle). Around 2,500 project proposals are submitted to the GA CR every year, of which more than one-fourth obtain financial support. The GA CR invites proposals in all disciplines of basic research.
Lukas Kacena
xylukas.kacena@tacr.czhttps://www.tacr.cz/index.php/en/yespossiblynoTechnology Agency of the Czech Republic, section for management of research




Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Marion BARDYmarion.bardy@agriculture.gouv.frhttp://www,agriculture.gouv.frunknownyesyesHow to manage the multifunctionality of agricultural soils, also takes into account in the decision making - transverse to several themes. What means of action / levers for actors managing agricultural ecosystems
Urban agriculture… ? Link with bioeconomy (food and non-food agricultural production)mc.dictor@brgm.fr



Regione Emilia Romagna
Nicola Dall'Olionicola.dallolio@regione.emilia-romagna.itwww.regione.emilia-romagna.ityespossiblyyesRegione Emilia Romagna is interested in co-funding and being a partner of H2020 projects and other UE funding programme
Improve quality and ecosystem services of urban soils in order to make urban areas more resilient to climate change. Currently co-funded in the framework of the LIFE project SOS4Lifecurrently fundingmatteo.tabasso@siti.polito.it
Edoardo Staculestacul@invitalia.itwww.invitalia.ityesyesyesAs expected outcome I hope to join a transnational critical mass to develop applied research foscused on the selected relevant items.
Funding from the Special Commissioner (Legislative Decree 185/15)already funded, currently fundingmatteo.tabasso@siti.polito.it


implementation programme soil and subsurface
Leo Hamerlinck (via Linda Maring)linda.maring@deltares.nlhttps://www.bodemplus.nl/onderwerpen/bodem-ondergrond/bodemconvenant/thema/kennis/uitvragen/uitvraag-2017/aanbestedingsvormen/xxxpossiblypossiblyThis programme has budget untill (10 mln between 2017-2020) for soil and subsurface. They use the Dutch knowledge agenda soil and subsurface (which is the same as the dutch contribution to the INSPIRATION agenda) as leading research questions. They set out different calls (next call is on climate / rural area, nature / infrastructure or energy, max 150 KEUR, 50% cofininancing needed, deadline Nov 29 2017 ) They are open for collaboration in europe. how and on which topics is not specified yest. Probably theyw ant to arrange this via the Knowledge and Innovation Program Soil and Subsurface (also entered in this database)



Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Maria MaiaMaria.Maia@fct.ptwww.fct.ptPermission for what?yesyes
possibly, already fundedtpanago@ualg.pt
Center on Spatial and Organizational Dynamics
Thomas Panagopoulostpanago@ualg.pthttp://cieo.pt/mission.phpyespossiblyyes
António José Conde Buzio Sampaio Ramos



Ministry of Construction and Transport
Lucia Pospisovalucia.pospisova@mindop.skwww.mindop.sknot yetnoyes



IHOBE Basque Environment Agency
Ana Alzola +34 94 423.07.43ana.alzola@ihobe.euswww.ihobe.eusyes but only within the interested partiespossiblyyesIhobe is the public agency for environmental management of the Basque Country. As such the organization has limited funding capacity. However Ms Alzola has tried to reflect in her responses the potential interest of the Department of Environment of the Basque Government with respect to the SRA. She is willing to participate in an online match making / meeting in the medium term though.
very much interested though outside our remitgemma.garcia@tecnalia.com


The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agrucultural Sciences and Spatial Planning
Elisabet Goranssonelisabet.goransson@formas.sewww.formas.seyespossiblypossiblyMay be a change of Contact person


Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF
c/o Marco Pützmarco.puetz@wsl.chwww.snf.chnonono
Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN
c/o Marco Pützmarco.puetz@wsl.chwww.bafu.admin.chnonono

United Kingdom

Better understanding the role of urban soils in improving quality of urban space and consequently on health and living quality.

  • For founders
  • For endusers
  • For researchers
  • For citizens
Urban soils are an under-appreciated resource that are able to offer multiple functions. Funding this research will enable more sophisticated management and use of urban soils, including for urban agriculture and gardening with the associated social, health and economic benefits.
Land owners and local government will have a better understanding of the potential of urban soils that they can make use of.
Characterising urban soils requires integrating diverse sources of information and handling inherent spatial variability with poor access. Evaluating the potential multiple functions is only possible if such characterisation can be carried out reliably and at a reasonable cost.
Citizens will benefit from a deeper understanding of what their urban soils can - and cannot - deliver for them.

Urban activities create new man-made soils, but all soils in urban areas are urban soils. Urban soils serve multiple functions. A Typology of urban soils is needed to understand the diversity of urban soil functions and to assess the suitability of soils for different urban land uses. Soil characteristics and quality should be considered by spatial (urban) planning. Urban soils are important part of green infrastructure - specifically the SSW system. Fertile soil should be protected to maintain habitat and support ecosystem services. The agricultural role of urban soil, especially for urban farming and gardening, has an economic and an educational value.

Background: Urban development has been defined by expansion of urban structures into surrounding rural areas, cropland and forests. Urban soils are created by the process of urbanization, therefore they become an immanent part of the urbanized areas. Urban activities could create different types of new man-made soils, but all soils situated within cities or urbanized areas should be included to category of urban soils. Due to a multi-functional role of the soil in urban areas the sound management of this resource is of a key importance in urban land management. Typology of urban soils is important to perceive these soils through the wide perspective including diversity of soil functions. It is also important to define the suitability of soils for different urban land uses. Soil characteristics and quality should be take into consideration by spatial (urban) planning. From the perspective of ecosystem services and SSW system, urban soils are important part of green infrastructure. Especially soil of a high quality should be protected to maintain the habitat and support ecosystem services potential. Also agricultural role of soil in urban areas should not be neglected, especially in the context of urban farming and gardening, as well as from the perspective of the global food production market.
Goal: Better understanding the role of urban soils and their importance on improving quality of urban space and consequently on health and living quality.
Rationale from the themes: Demand: Demand for soil in urban areas is connected with the need for food production (agricultural function and urban gardens areas), recreation areas but also other unsealed areas and green areas. They are needed for ecosystem services, biodiversity and climate change adaptation support. These functions compete with other like housing, infrastructure, transport and industry. Soils are subjected to major changes, especially those resulting from investment and construction activities. Soils have also to cope with high load of waste materials like solid waste, sewage and chemical pollutants.
Natural Capital: Soil as an important part of our natural capital are providing a lot of ecosystem services to society. Soil fertility refers to the ability of a soil to sustain plant growth. That’s why the restoration or re-cultivation of unused or polluted areas is essential for protection of urban soils. Soil is functioning as a water reservoir (40% of soil is porosity). In order to provide a cooling effect better soils have better “water” efficiency. This role of soil in urban areas is extremely important. That’s why urban soils management need to consider impacts on groundwater and surface water.
Land Management: There is a need of joining the soils management and land use management in urban areas. The urban soil are not enough protected in many countries, It is mainly connected with changing the agricultural function into different one (e.g. housing, industry and urban infrastructure) therefore in a consequence we have a significant fragmentation of the landscape in urban areas. Urban sprawl plays an important role in this process, by increasing soil sealing. Also functions of industrial, urban soils are important from the perspective of integrated land management. Effective, integrated urban soils management needs to define rights and duties of private owners. For spatial planning procedures is important to introduce new solution concerning economic scenarios for urban soils management. These scenarios should propose solutions like temporary use of urban abandoned soils as an alternative to remediation when this is not economically feasible. Scenarios could also propose compensations instruments related to protection of green fields and uses of brown fields, as well as management of contaminated soils.
Net Impact: The role of soil in urban areas seems to be more and more important in the context of a present threats coming from climate change and demographic impacts. In a global scale this threat is visible in all urban areas. Therefore there is a need of scientific argumentation to what extent ecosystem services in urban areas can contribute to decrease negative impact and could support biodiversity preservation.
So what? In order to steer better use of urban soils in a sustainable way, a proper management of soil resources is needed. The soil management systems that efficiently protect the best soils should be introduced in cities. There is also need of reuse and improving of urban soil quality by innovative remediation technologies. A multidisciplinary approach is necessary for better understanding of the soil role in urban environment in order to ensure its optimum use and provide the functions needed, like water filtering and storage, space for fauna and flora, provision of recreation areas etc. Human health is also important in the context of urban soils management, and should be take into account in urban planning and land management.
Links to other fields: Next to urban soils, also water and sediments in urban areas are important in the context of ecosystem service research.

Activities: knowledge transfer, demonstration, networking

Goals: Clean water & sanitation, Industry innovation and infrastructure, Sustainable cities and communities, Responsible consumption, Climate action, Life on land

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