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Sixth RECARE Newsletter Now Available

Newsletter6 frontpageThe sixth RECARE newsletter is now available and can be downloaded here. This issue covers:

  1. Case Study Focus: Portugal - helping post-fire restoration
  2. Soil Threat Feature- Desertification 
  3. RECARE visit to Iceland Case Study
  4. Flooded harvests in Norway
  5. New publications
  6. New videos
  7. Past events/presentations

 

High levels of glyphosate found in European soils

24th October 2017 There has been a great deal of discussion about the use and extension of the approval of the use of glyphosate as a herbicide. Glyphosate is currently the most used herbicide in Europe. In 2016 the approval by the European Commission for the use of this agent expired. However, an extension of approval of use is currently being discussed. One of the conditions of this is that the agent cannot have a negative impact on the health of people, animals and the environment. Yet, little attention has been given to the presence of glyphosate in agricultural soil as a result of the broad use of this agent in agriculture. A scientific publication written by an international group of scientists led by Wageningen University & Research has recently been published in the journal Science of the Total Environment. This article contains the details of more than 300 soil samples taken from agricultural land in ten European countries, and argues against renewal of the approval of use of this herbicide.

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RECARE measures to be piloted in Portuguese Government's post-fire restoration plans

Post fire mulching

6th October 2017, Portugal. The RECARE measures to prevent soil erosion in post-fire areas trialled in the Portuguese case study, are to be piloted as part of the Government's restoration plans to protect the burnt soils of the Pedrógrão Grande area affected by the devasting forest fires in June 2017.  The RECARE measures involve mulching the soil with pine wood or crushed eucalyptus (see here).  The Secretary of State for Forests, Miguel Freitas, reportedly said: "We will have to move very quickly. Erosion and waterproofing of soils are a threat to the region's natural resources that force us to race against time".  More information about the restoration plan can be found in this Portuguese news article or watch this TV broadcast (minute 30:15) from Jacob Keizer, the case study leader.  For further details about these measures, please contact Jacob Keizer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.