RECARE project features on Portuguese national TV

TV itemIn the International Year of Soils, the University of Aveiro and the Municipality of Tondela, participated on October 17th 2015, in the Portuguese TV programme Biosfera XIII ‘Soils – How can we stop the degradation of a non-renewable resource’, highlighting the collaboration between researchers and local stakeholders in the RECARE project. The interview took place in a pine area that had been burned by the 2013 wildfires affecting more 9000 ha in the Caramulo mountains.  The area was selected for the application of a so-called emergency stabilization measure in the framework of PRODER (Rural Development Programme). The specific measure applied at the pine site was the construction of barriers using residues from the post-fire logging.  The measure was selected for PRODER funding following an application by the municipality of Tondela and its local administrative units (freguesias) most affected by the wildfires. The effectiveness of this measure as well as other post-fire soil conservation measures that have been identified and selected in RECARE stakeholder workshops, is being monitored and assessed by the RECARE team of the University of Aveiro.

To view the complete interview, please click here.  The RECARE feature starts are at 19:30.


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A poster on the potential use of rubber tracks for mitigating subsoil compaction prepared by the RECARE project team at Aarhus University, Denmark, was presented at the 20th international conference of the International Soil Tillage Research Organization (ISTRO) in Nanjing, China, September 2015.
Compaction is an increasing and serious threat to the continued fertility of agricultural soils. Subsoil compaction has been shown to be effectively persistent and affects a range of soil ecosystem services.

Under the RECARE project, a case study in Denmark explores potential solutions to soil compaction. The poster presents comparative studies of wheels and tracks at a farmer taking part in a group of stakeholders involved in the project: The case study in addition evaluates the effects from different traffic systems in a field experiment.
For more information about soil compaction:


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To mark the International Year of Soils 2015 the Directorate General for Environment of the European Commission has organised a conference on 'Healthy Soils for Feeding the Planet and for Climate Change Adaptation' at the Universal Exposition EXPO2015 in Milan (Italy) on 20 October 2015, 10:30 - 16:30hrs.

This event aims to raise awareness of the importance of healthy soils for a healthy life and to address European and global challenges. At the European level, in the General Union Environment Action Programme to 2020 the EU is committed to addressing soil degradation, including the identification of threats to soil.

The conference is strongly embedded into the Expo's theme 'Feeding the planet, Energy for Life' and consists of two sessions: the first session addresses the crucial role of soil in climate change adaptation, also in the context of Climate Change negotiations (UNFCCC COP 21) in Paris in autumn of this year; the second session focuses specifically on the links between healthy soil and food security and agriculture.

Conference programme (updated regularly)

The video trailer of the RECARE project has been selected by the organisers of the conference to be screened during the programme on October 20th in the conference room in EU Pavilion, at 13:30.  

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A poster on how to remediate contaminated soils by planting native shrubs and trees prepared by the RECARE project team at Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificass (CSIC), Spain, was presented at the 13th European Ecological Federation (EEF) in Rome.

Soil contamination affects large areas of soil in Europe due to harmful products from agriculture, industry, cities and mining.  

Under the RECARE project, 2 Case Study areas in Guadiamar, Spain and in Copsa Mica, Romania are exploring remediation solutions to soil contamination through:

  • Phytostabilization
  • Immobilisation using inorganic additives

For more information about soil contamination follow the link here

These 3 videos produced by the RECARE project tell the human story of the threats to soils in Europe.  They highlight the impact of soil threats on people's lives and explain what the scientists in the RECARE project are trying to do to improve the situation.

This video is a short trailor of the 3 films summarising the main messages.

This film set in Romania describes the devastating impact of soil pollution from a local factory on people's lives, how they live with this threat and what the RECARE project is trying to do to help them.

This film set in Norway highlights the increasing challenges faced by farmers from increased flooding as a result of changes to the climate. 

This film is set in the orange orchards of southern Spain and highlights the degrading impact that modern farming practices are having on soils.