Finding and sharing solutions to

protect our soils

Europe's soil research hub

Who is RECARE-Hub for?

Farmers & Forestry

RECARE-Hub contains the latest information on preventing soil threats, and cost-benefit analysis on proven remediation techniques.

Industry

Discover innovative sustainable land management measures that can combat threats to key soil functions.

Policy makers

Find out more about land care strategies relevant to your region and our integrated assessment of existing soil related policy.

Researchers

Access a wealth of European research data on soil threats and the efficacy of land care strategies.

Teachers & environmentalists

Whether you're a teacher or a concerned environmentalist, find out why Europe's soils are under threat and what researchers are doing to help combat the problems.

Resources designed for you

 

The soil that underpins Europe's agricultural systems faces numerous threats.

If you are interested in learning about specific soil threats, you can explore the individual threats below. If you want detailed guidance for assessing soil degradation or learning about management measures to prevent and remediate against soil degradation, you might want to head straight over to RECARE's resources.

 

RESOURCES

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.

Case Study Sites

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Case Studies

Project Partners

ABOUT US

RECARE is multidisciplinary team of 27 different organisations assessing the current threats to Europe's soils and innovative solutions to prevent further soil degradation.

Academic Contact
Professor Coen Ritsema 
Wageningen University
E: coen.ritsema[AT]wur.nl

Media Contact
Dr Matt Reed
E: mreed[AT]glos.ac.uk

Funding

Funded by the European Commission FP7 Programme, ENV.2013.6.2-4 ‘Sustainable land care in Europe’.

EU grant agreement: 603498.

Project officer: Maria Yeroyanni.

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