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RECARE – Preventing and Remediating Degradation of Soils in Europe through Land Care 

RECARE Policy Conference, 27 September 2018 in Brussels

Soils in European Union are a vital environmental resource in need of better protection. Despite the wide recognition of the importance of soils, soil protection efforts in European Union have been partial, fragmented and insufficient to halt their degradation. Calls for improving this situation have increasingly come from scientists, policymakers, non-governmental organisations and citizens. The discussions and negotiations around the design of European policies for post-2020 period offer the opportunity to improve the current situation.

What is the best way forward for soil protection in the EU? How can we improve EU policies to secure the delivery of soil ecosystem services?

These questions will be at the core of the Final Conference of the RECARE project to take place on 27 September 2018 in Brussels, presenting project findings on:

  • effective strategies for prevention and remediation of soil threats and their uptake among land managers
  • the impacts of European policies, and
  • options for future policy responses

The event will offer an opportunity to discuss how RECARE results can influence the design of future European policies on soil protection.

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Seventh RECARE Newsletter Now Available

Newsletter7 FrontCoverThe sixth RECARE newsletter is now available and can be downloaded here. This issue covers:

1. Impact of soil remediation measures on Ecosystem Services
2. Integrated Assessment Modelling
3. Soil Threat Feature: Soil Contamination
4. RECARE meeting in Romania – dealing with heavy metal contamination
5. RECARE work in Guadiamar, Spain – 20 years after a catastrophic pollution incident
6. New publications
7. New videos



New RECARE video about forest fires in Portugal and Spain

A new RECARE movie has been released about forest fires in Portugal and Spain. Forest fires are an important cause of soil loss by erosion, since forest slopes and forest floors of burnt forests are easily affected by runoff from rainstorms after fires. The video below shows the effect of forest fires on soils and people in forested areas in Portugal and Spain. The video also shows measures to remediate such forest fires.