T18 / NC-1

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

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



OVAM - UHasselt - SPW
Johan Ceenaeme - Bernard Vanheusden - Esther Goidtsjceenaem@ovam.bewww.ovam.beYesyesyesPossible to broaden the consortium with other interested parties in Belgium
SOIL/LAND STEWARDSHIP BUILDING Background: Behind/beneath a lot of land management or governance principles, the (private) ownership of the soil and land is a limiting factor or bottleneck in developing and implementing measures. How can you seduce, grow awareness, motivate, support, foster, oblige landowners to cooperate in taking care of their soil and land: how to let grow their responsibility? Should there be a limit on the rights related to private soil and land ownership? How to answer this question and set the limits? Soil and land are also common goods and important to the whole society. A land owner has property rights, but also property duties (responsibility). Goal: How can we bring this soil/land stewardship principle in practice? Which framework and which tools (certificates, labels, score tables, guidelines, …) do we need? The answering of these questions needs an integrated approach and consensus forming process between soil scientists, juridical scientists, socioeconomic and cultural scientists, policymakers, land users and societal representatives. So what: An elaborated soil/land stewardship framework with associated tools, can help private and public land owners to maintain the quality and (economic) value of their soil/land and can help to protect soil and land as common goods for the whole society. It can bridge the economic value of the (private) property of soil/land on one hand with the services that soil/land brings for the owner and for society on the other hand, and therefore bridge the economic market principles with policymaking. Links to other fields: Spatial planning – valuing of soil ecosystem services and natural capital - soil/land quality Exemplified research questions: To build a soil/land stewardship: - which framework is needed? - which instruments are needed? Certificates, labels, guidelines, …? - how to valorize soil/land quality? - how to support the relevant stakeholders? possibly, currently fundingnbal@ovam.be

Czech Republic

Zdenek Semorad
xyzdenek.semorad@mmr.czhttps://www.mmr.cz/cs/Regionalni-politika-a-cestovni-ruch/Podpora-regionu/Programy-Dotace/Archiv-programu-a-dotaci-regionalni-politiky-(1)/Podpora-regionalniho-rozvoje-v-roce-2005/Vyzkum-a-jeho-programyyespossiblynoResearch for Needs of Regions - Ministry of Regional Development of CZ



Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Jaana KaipainenJaana.Kaipainen@mmm.fihttp://mmm.fi/en/frontpageyespossiblyyesAt the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the core task of research and development activities is to proactively produce knowledge, expertise and innovations to support decision-making, promote the competitiveness of economic activities and ensure the sustainable use of renewable natural resources. The Ministry’s research and development appropriation is used, in particular, to fund research, development and study projects that support planning, foresight, monitoring and impact assessment activities concerning policy measures and legislation. The Development Fund for Agriculture and Forestry (Makera) grants R&D funding for research activities that benefit the agri-food sector across a broad front. The main focus is on research concerning the sustainable development of the profitability and competitiveness of livelihoods. Makera also provides funding for research on reindeer husbandry, natural means of livelihood and development activities in the Skolt Sámi area and rural research and development projects.
Health and well-functioning of soilspossiblyantti.rehunen@ymparisto.fi


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
Study 4 per thousand on the carbon aspect of soils - ADEME CASDAR financing yes, already funded, currently fundingmc.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
Reduce GHG emission from agricultural sector while improving adaptation and resiliecne to climate change. Already funded in the framework of project LIFE Climate Chang-ER. Currently funding by RDP 2014-2020currently fundingmatteo.tabasso@siti.polito.it
Ministry of The Environment, Land protection and Sea
Laura D'Apriledaprile.laura@minambiente.itwww.minambiente.itNOnono
Interesting topic, already covered by funding lines at national level. www.minambiente.it/pagina/politiche-di-coesione-2014-2020-0 already fundedmatteo.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 funded, currently fundingtpanago@ualg.pt
Center on Spatial and Organizational Dynamics
Thomas Panagopoulostpanago@ualg.pthttp://cieo.pt/mission.phpyespossiblyyes
outside our remittpanago@ualg.pt
António José Conde Buzio Sampaio Ramos





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 interestedcurrently fundinggemma.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

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.

  • For founders
  • For endusers
  • For researchers
  • For citizens
Investing in research on the capacity of soils to deliver multiple ecosystem services to society simultaneously, will open new windows of opportunity towards design and application of sustainable land use and land management concepts. Innovative concepts will address demands from agriculture, forestry, urbanisation and industry in an integrated perspective.
Knowledge on soil quantity, soil quality and soil health will improve land use decisions to the benefit of all stakeholders. It will reduce land use conflicts, and will promote sustainable soil and land use.
Research on land and soil from the perspective of natural capital aims at quantifying the benefits of the SSW-system to all stakeholders in society. This research will require an integrated and interdisciplinary perspective, to be able to simultaneously address the multiple ecosystem services that the soil-sediment-water system provides, thus allowing for a balanced decision-making process.
Citizens will benefit from research on the multiple benefits that land and soil are able to provide, since this research will provide them with arguments and knowledge as stakeholders of land use. Citizens are often overlooked beneficiaries of many of the services provided by the soil-water-sediment system. This research will express and value these benefits for citizens, to generate the relevant input in land use planning processes.

Land and soil represent natural capital. Land quantity (in m2) and its (geo)technical, physical, chemical and ecological quality define its value, which may differ between the different users of the land. Scarcity of land in terms of square meters with an adequate quality may trigger land use conflicts. These conflicts may be solved by sustainable land use concepts based on natural capital and the multiple ecosystem services provided by the soil-sediment-water system. This also includes the management of the multiple functions of soil organic carbon. These include soil fertility, water and nutrient management, and carbon sequestration. Knowledge on the dynamics of soil carbon and how this can be managed is crucial to sustainably use land and soil.

Soil quantity (in terms of m2) is an essential factor in agriculture and forestry as well as in housing and infrastructure. Scarcity of land with an adequate geotechnical quality triggers land use conflicts. Sustainable land use concepts are of paramount importance. However, for agriculture and forestry not only soil quantity but also soil quality is a crucial factor. A fertile unspoiled soil provides important structures (e.g. habitat for organisms) and functions (e.g. ability to catalyse biogeochemical cycles). A network of factors (e.g. compaction, exploitation, fertilization, etc.) can reduce fertility and the soil functions. The assessment of "soil health" is rather challenging. Soil carbon is a key factor for a fertile soil. Soil carbon has to be preserved.
Soils and particularly soil carbon play an important role in the cycling of greenhouse gases (GHG). Soils can produce or consume GHG. A few examples: Carbon sequestration by forests, selected crops or in wetlands is a major mitigation strategy for carbon dioxide. Over-fertilized and poorly drained soils can produce nitrous oxide. Well aerated soils can act as sinks for methane.
Last but not least it has to be stressed that water is a key factor for all major soil functions. Water is of paramount importance for physical (e.g. water as a transport vehicle), chemical (water as major solvent) and biological (e.g. water as basis for any life) processes.

Activities: knowledge transfer, knowledge creation, demonstration, training and education, survey and monitoring, networking

Goals: No poverty, Zero hunger, Good health Quality, Education, Gender equality, Clean water & sanitation, Affodable and clean energy, Decent work and economic growth, Industry innovation and infrastructure, Reduced inequalities, Sustainable cities and communities, Responsible consumption, Climate action, Life below water, Life on land, Partnership for the goals

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