Finding and sharing solutions to

protect our soils

Europe's soil research hub

Who is RECARE-Hub for?

Farmers & Forestry

RECARE-Hub contains the latest information on preventing soil threats, and cost-benefit analysis on proven remediation techniques.


Discover innovative sustainable land management measures that can combat threats to key soil functions.

Policy makers

Find out more about land care strategies relevant to your region and our integrated assessment of existing soil related policy.


Access a wealth of European research data on soil threats and the efficacy of land care strategies.

Teachers & environmentalists

Whether you're a teacher or a concerned environmentalist, find out why Europe's soils are under threat and what researchers are doing to help combat the problems.

Resources designed for you


The soil that underpins Europe's agricultural systems faces numerous threats.

If you are interested in learning about specific soil threats, you can explore the individual threats below. If you want detailed guidance for assessing soil degradation or learning about management measures to prevent and remediate against soil degradation, you might want to head straight over to RECARE's resources.



Integrated Assessment Model

Integrated Assessment Model

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A key output of the RECARE project is a spatially explicity and dynamic Integrated Assessment model (IAM) for preventing and mitigating soil threats.  The model will allow an assessment of the impact of (European) policies, land use and land management on a range of soil threats.  It will be useful: 

  • For policy makers and analysts as well as their technicians at national and regional levels
  • For Innovators willing to invest time in co-development of IAM
  • For strategic (inter)national and regional planning
  • To support – not replace – decision making
  • To facilitate analysis, learning and communication prior to decision-making!

More information about the model can be found by clicking on the presentation above.

Here are some descriptions of the models that are being used in the development of the IAM:


Metronamica is a modelling system that allows planners to resemble and assess the effects of their planning measure on development. It is an integrated spatial decision support system which can model both socio-economic and physical planning aspects. It helps planners to produce a idea of some the impacts of external factors and policy measures on the development of the area. This allows planners to consider future problems they may encounter and come up with different development plans and solutions to the problems. 


PESERA stands for the Pan-European Soil Erosion Risk Assessment. It is a model that uses process-based and spatially distributed model to evaluate soil erosion by water and assess the risk of the soil erosion around Europe. The model can help to predict erosion from tillage and wind. The results from the model have been confirmed at catchment level and have been checked with results of applying alternative risk assessments for erosion across Europe. The soil erosion estimates are done by applying the PESERA grid model at 1km, it uses data from the European Soil Database, CORINE land cover, climate data from the MARS Project and a Digital Elevation Model. The validity of the estimates are dependent on the accuracy of the meteorological data and the accuracy of soil coverage data. 


For more information about the IAM, please contact Hedwig van Delden This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Latest News

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RECARE – Preventing and Remediating Degradation of Soils in Europe through Land Care 

RECARE Policy Conference, 27 September 2018 in Brussels

Soils in European Union are a vital environmental resource in need of better protection. Despite the wide recognition of the importance of soils, soil protection efforts in European Union have been partial, fragmented and insufficient to halt their degradation. Calls for improving this situation have increasingly come from scientists, policymakers, non-governmental organisations and citizens. The discussions and negotiations around the design of European policies for post-2020 period offer the opportunity to improve the current situation.

What is the best way forward for soil protection in the EU? How can we improve EU policies to secure the delivery of soil ecosystem services?

These questions will be at the core of the Final Conference of the RECARE project to take place on 27 September 2018 in Brussels, presenting project findings on:

  • effective strategies for prevention and remediation of soil threats and their uptake among land managers
  • the impacts of European policies, and
  • options for future policy responses

The event will offer an opportunity to discuss how RECARE results can influence the design of future European policies on soil protection.



The conference agenda is available here.


The conference will take place at:
Les Ateliers des Tanneurs
Rue des Tanneurs 60A
1000 Bruxelles

Please click here to locate the conference venue on Google Maps.


To register for the conference, please, fill in our registration form: 

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Case Study Sites

 Click on the map below to find out more about RECARE's case study sites
Case Studies

Project Partners


RECARE is multidisciplinary team of 27 different organisations assessing the current threats to Europe's soils and innovative solutions to prevent further soil degradation.

Academic Contact
Professor Coen Ritsema 
Wageningen University
E: coen.ritsema[AT]

Media Contact
Dr Matt Reed
E: mreed[AT]


Funded by the European Commission FP7 Programme, ENV.2013.6.2-4 ‘Sustainable land care in Europe’.

EU grant agreement: 603498.

Project officer: Maria Yeroyanni.

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