LOGO IYS en squareToday the United Nations launch the International Year of Soils 2015 in New York. The formal launch event of the IYS will be organised during the 69th session of the UN General Assembly to coincide with the first official World Soil Day. Concurrent events will take place in Rome, Bangkok and elsewhere in the world.  The IYS aims to be a platform for raising awareness of the importance of soils for food security and essential eco-system functions. The objectives of the IYS are:

  • to create full awareness of civil society and decision makers about the fundamental roles of soils for human's life;
  • to achieve full recognition of the prominent contributions of soils to food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation, essential ecosystem services, poverty alleviation and sustainable development;
  • to promote effective policies and actions for the sustainable management and protection of soil resources;
  • to sensitize decision-makers about the need for robust investment in sustainable soil management activities aiming at healthy soils for different land users and population groups;
  • to catalyze initiatives in connection with the SDG process and Post-2015 agenda;
  • to advocate rapid enhancement of capacities and systems for soil information collection and monitoring at all levels (global, regional and national).

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The RECARE training on Stakeholder Interaction was successfully closed Friday September 19th.

The 24 international participants from the RECARE teams worked together for the whole week '...in an intense, mutual learning process with you on how to best set up the first series of stakeholder workshops at your respective sites. Thank you for being "fully present", and for all your valuable comments and suggestions!' - said workshop co-organiser Thomas Caspari.

The workshop program was filled with WP4, WP5 and WP9 and WP11 training activities from Monday until Friday. On Wednesday the Dutch Case Study of Olden Eibergen was visited.

The wealth of training material and documentation can be downloaded from the Stakeholder Interaction overview page after logging in. The second stage of the Stakeholder Interaction Training will be given around March/April 2015.

soil ecosystem services example

Although there is a large body of knowledge available on soil threats in Europe, the complexity and functioning of soil systems and their interaction with human activities, climate change (CC), and ecosystem services (ESS) is still not fully understood.

Therefore, the workpackage 2 team of the RECARE project organised an ESS workshop in Wageningen on May 19th 2014. The purpose of the workshop was to exchange background information of the concept of EcoSystem Services and their interaction with the main topic within RECARE: Soil Threats.

The presentations given by Leon Braat, Mark Everard and Gudrun Schwilch have been recorded and can be viewed here 


Soil sealing posterA poster on soil sealing prepared by the RECARE project team will be presented at the Renaturing Cities Conference organised by European Commission (Directorate for Climate Action and Resource Efficiency)

Soil sealing is identified as one of the main threats to soil functions in Europe. Soil sealing means the permanent covering of an area of land and its soil by impermeable artificial material (e.g. asphalt and concrete), for example through buildings and roads.  Under the EU RECARE project, cities in The Netherlands, Poland and Spain will serve as Case Study areas for an analysis of the effectiveness of current or past soil protection approaches.  The Case Studies will:

  • Assess soil sealing trends in 4 diverse cities using a uniform methodology
  • Explain past and current soil protection regulations and spatial planning approaches
  • Develop good practice recommendations

To view the poster click on the image.   For more information about soil sealing follow the link here


FAO soils Portal tnMore attention to the health and management of the planet's soils will be needed to meet the challenge of feeding a growing world population while coping with climate change and increased scarcity of natural resources, FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo today told a group of leading soil scientists and research organizations gathered at the UN agency's Rome headquarters to mark World Soil Day.

To emphasize the importance of Soils, FAO also launched a new online "soil portal," which offers a comprehensive collection of soil maps and over 700 technical reports.

Link to the FAO Soil portal.