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
A 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
More 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.
The RECARE Information Hub was launced on 1st April 2014. It will be continuously updated with outputs from the project, so please keep checking back. For an overview of the project you can view the project leaflet here.