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.
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.
The 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.
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.
The 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).
The first RECARE newsletter is now available detailing project activities over the first year. Click the image below to download the newsletter.
Today 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).
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.