RECARE

PREVENTING AND REMEDIATING DEGRADATION OF SOILS IN EUROPE THROUGH LAND CARE

Reference: 603498

Call: FP7-ENV-2013-two-stage

Theme: environment

Scientist: Francesco Morari

Department: Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment

UNIPD: participant

Total cost: 10,917,791 €

Eu Funding: 8,549,525 €

Email: francesco.morari@unipd.it

Project Description

Although there is a large body of knowledge available on soil threats in Europe, this knowledge is fragmented and incomplete, in particular regarding the complexity and functioning
of soil systems and their interaction with human activities. The main aim of RECARE is to develop effective prevention, remediation and restoration measures using an innovative trans-disciplinary approach, actively integrating and advancing knowledge of stakeholders and scientists in 17 Case Studies, covering a range of soil threats in different bio-physical and socio-economic environments across Europe. Within these Case Study sites, i) the current state of degradation and conservation will be assessed using a new methodology, based on the WOCAT mapping procedure, ii) impacts of degradation and conservation on soil functions and ecosystem services will be quantified in a harmonized, spatially explicit way, accounting for costs and benefits, and possible trade-offs, iii) prevention, remediation and restoration measures selected and implemented by stakeholders in a participatory process will be evaluated regarding efficacy, and iv) the applicability and impact of these measures at the European level will be assessed using a new integrated bio-physical and socio-economic model, accounting for land use dynamics as a result of for instance economic development and policies. Existing national and EU policies will be reviewed and compared to identify potential incoherence, contradictions and synergies. Policy messages will be formulated based on the Case Study results and their integration at European level. A comprehensive dissemination and communication strategy, including the development of a web-based Dissemination and Communication Hub, will accompany the other activities to ensure that project results are disseminated to a variety of stakeholders at the right time and in the appropriate formats to stimulate renewed care for European soils.

Partners

Coordinator: Wageningen University

Participants: Technical University of Crete , Aarhus Universitet, Universitat de Valencia, The Cyprus Institute Limited, Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research - Bioforsk, Universidade de Aveiro, Landgraedsla Rikisins, Evenor Tech Sl, Universität Bern, Umweltbundesamt GmbH, Stichting International Soil Reference and Information Centre , JRC -Joint Research Centre- European Commission , Ecologic Institut Gemeinnützige GmbH , University of Leeds , Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek , Consult and Research on Participation and Gender - Corepage - Claringbould Heleen Elsa , Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet , Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Slovenská Technická Univerzită v Bratislave, Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare Pentru Pedologie, Agrochimie si Protectia Mediului, Instytut Uprawy Nawoźenia i Gleboznawstwa, Panstwowy Instytut Badawczy, University of Gloucestershire, Research Institute for Knowledge Systems B.V, Cranfield University, Kongskilde Industries AS, Università degli Studi di Padova