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.



Fact Sheets

Fact sheets produced from the RECARE project can be found below.  Please click on the links to download the pdfs.


Soil Threat Fact Sheets

FactsheetFront cover     FactSheet SalinizationFrontCover200x280   Compaction frontcover  
 Soil erosion by water (PT, DE)   Soil erosion by wind    Soil Salinization (EL)    Soil Compaction   
Front cover   FactSheet FrontCover   OMPeat FrontCover   OMMineralSoil Frontcover  
Soil Sealing    Floods and Landslides    OM decline in peat soils (SE, NL)   OM decline in mineral soils (ITNL)  
 Contamination frontcover   Factsheet Frontcover        
 Soil contamination (ES)   Desertification   Loss of Soil Biodiversity      


 Case Study Experiment Fact Sheets


Soil threat Fact sheet title Case study country
Soil erosion Effect of the Dyker on infiltration, soil erosion and waterlogging Switzerland
Soil erosion Post-fire mulching to reduce soil erosion (EN)  (PT1)  (PT2) Portugal
Soil erosion Effects of mountain terrace rehabilitation (EN)  (EL) Cyprus
Soil salinization Solutions for preventing soil salinization Crete
Soil erosion Use of straw mulch to prevent soil erosion in vineyards Spain
Soil erosion Use of chipped pruned branches to prevent soil erosion in apricot orchards Spain
Soil erosion Rock fragment cover to control soil losses in tillage rainfed Mediterranean crops Spain
Soil erosion

Use of land abandonment to prevent soil erosion in mountainous areas 

Soil erosion and desertification Reclaiming wind eroded and desertified land Iceland
Flooding and landslides Preventing floods & landslides through stream bank stability (EN) (NO) Norway
Flooding Preventing flooding through small retention ponds (EN) (NO) Norway
Flooding and soil erosion Effects of different crops on surface runoff (EN) (SK) Slovakia
Soil erosion Preventing gully erosion (EN) (SK) Slovakia
Soil erosion Understanding erosion processes & sediment transport (EN) (SK) Slovakia
Increasing or maintaining soil organic matter Undersowing of grass in maize (EN) (NL) The Netherlands
Increasing or maintaining soil organic matter Incorporation of local biomass (EN) (NL) The Netherlands
Soil contamination Phytoremediation of soil contamination by trace elements (EN) (ES) Spain
Soil contamination Modelling soil contamination remediation measures (EN) (ES) Spain
Soil contamination Use of amendements for heavy metal soil pollution (EN) (RO) Romania

Case Study Sites

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

Project Partners


RECARE was a multidisciplinary research project of 27 different organisations that assessed the threats to Europe's soils and identified innovative solutions to prevent further soil degradation.  The project ran from 2013 - 2018.

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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