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.


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.


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.



RECARE experiments

This page provides links to the RECARE experiments undertaken in each of the 17 Case Studies.  Most of the experiments were established in either 2015 or 2106.   Click on the links below to find out about the experiments linked to particular soil threats. 

1 Soil Erosion

Soil erosion by water

2 Soil Salinization

Soil salinization

3 Soil Compaction

Soil compaction

4 Soil Sealing

Soil sealing

5 Desertification


6 Floods Landslides

Floods & landslides

7 Loss of Organic Matter Peat

Organic matter loss in peat soils

8 Loss of Organic Matter Mineral

Organic matter loss in mineral soils

9 Soil Contamination

Soil contamination


10 Loss Of BioDiversity

Loss of soil biodiversity


Case Study Sites

 Click on the map below to find out more about RECARE's case study sites
Case Studies

Project Partners


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]

Media Contact
Dr Matt Reed
E: mreed[AT]


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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