GSW Gudrun Schwilch

A number of RECARE partners attended the Global Soil Week in Berlin from 19th-23rd April 2015. Global Soil Week is an international gathering of people interested in sustainable soil management and responsible land governance. Around 600 policy-makers, scientists, farmers, students, artists and industry from 80 countries came together to find strategies to ensure the sustainable management of soil and land. RECARE partners, Gudrun Schwilch, Simone Verzandvoort and Jane Mills contributed to a 4 hour dialogue session entitled "Soil and land information: How to support decision-making?"  The RECARE ecosystem services framework for soils which has been developed within the project was presented. They then facilitated two participatory world café sessions to receive feedback on the framework. Feedback was positive and included a number of useful suggestions to further develop the framework. Also during the session a trailer for 3 films on soil threats produced by the RECARE project was screened and was well received.

GSW Jane Mills

GSW world cafe session


On Thursday, April 16th 2015, a RECARE project session was presented on the 2015 General Assembly of the European Geophysical Union in Vienna, Austria. The session, called 'Soil threats & Ecosystem Services' (session SSS9.4) was organised by RECARE work package 2 leader Jannes Stolte, in cooperation with Jan Jacob Keizer who is leading work package 6.

The EGU General Assembly is one of Europe's largest conferences, with almost 12,000 participants, roughly 5,000 oral presentations and 8,500 poster presentations given during one week.

EGU session

The RECARE Oral session was held in Room B2 of the Vienna International Centre in Vienna, Austria, where around 80 participants enjoyed the presentations. After the oral presentations, the session was continued with poster presentations, where 18 posters were presented for the RECARE session.

Session SSS9.4 was successful with a full room of visitors during the oral session and an equal amount of visitors at the poster displays.

School visits soil experiments

Professor Artemi Cerdà from the University of Valencia in Spain spent a stimulating day with 14-15 year old students discussing local soil erosion issues at the RECARE case study site in the Canyoles river basin, Spain. Interestingly, whilst the students were aware of global environmental issues, such as global warming, deforestation of the Amazon and plastic pollution of the oceans, they knew little about the environmental issues in their surrounding countryside, such as the soil erosion threat from local orange plantations and the loss of soil organic matter contributing CO2 to the atmosphere.

School visit RECARE plot


Further information about the soil erosion threats in the Canyoles river basin can be found here.    A list of educational resources that can be used with school children to help explain the threats to our soils can be found on the RECARE hub here.

23 3 2015 15 18 07The 2nd RECARE plenary project meeting was held in Padova, Italy, from March 16th - 20th, 2015. The meeting was organised by Francesco Morari and colleagues from UNIPD in cooperation with the project coordinators.

The meeting gathered more than 50 RECARE partners from all over Europe. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the progress of the project and to make detailed plans for the upcoming 18-month second period.

On the first day the meeting was opened by Dr. Violette Geissen, member of the coordination team, who gave a short overview of the goals of the project and its current status. The rest of the day was spent on information exchange between the Case Study representatives and Work Package leaders. 

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The second day of the meeting hosted a number of presentations and feedback from day 1. Also the Case Studies were given the opportunity to present a poster displaying their progress during the first project period, generating a lively discussion between Case Study representatives and other project members. For the third day a visit to the local case study area was scheduled. Francesco Morari and colleagues showed us some experimental farms where the local soil threat of loss of organic matter is studied.   

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BBF in action RECAREThe fourth day was dedicated to a number of additional WP presentations, including a presentation by WP8, that deals with the applicability and effects of measures at the European level.  The final morning was dedicated to a training given by WP7 about the application and implementation of Bayesian Belief Netwoks (BBN), in the Case Study sites (picture left).

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