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.



Project Reports

A full list of RECARE's project reports can be found in the table below


Work package  Report Title Dissemination level Date
  WP1 Project Management    

RECARE Website

Public 10 Oct 2015

Gender Equality Report: Reporting Period 1

Public 25 June 2015

Gender Equality Report: Reporting Period 2

Public 12 Dec 2016

Gender Equality Report: Reporting Period 3

Public 25 May 2018
  WP 2 Providing the base for RECARE regarding data collection and methods    

D2.1 Soil threat in Europe: Status, methods, drivers and effects on ecosystem services

 Public  15 Oct 2015
  WP 3 State of degradation and conservation in the RECARE Case Study sites     

D3.1 Case Study Descriptions

 Public  30 April 2015

D3.2 Report on the current state of degradation and conservation

 Public  19 Dec 2016
  WP 4 Stakeholder participation and valuation    

 D4.1 Stakeholder and Institutional Analysis

 Public  10 Nov 2014
 4  D4.2 Report about stakeholder valuation of ecosystem services  Public  18 July 2018
  WP 5 Selection of promising prevention, remediation and restoration measures    

D5.1 Inclusion of prevention, remediation and restoration measures in the WOCAT databases

 Public  26 May 2017

D5.2 Participatory decision-making on sustainable land management to combat soil threats in Europe

 Public 26 May 2017
  WP 6 Testing and demonstration of prevention, remediation and restoration measures    

D6.1 Harmonized Field Monitoring strategy for assessing the effectiveness of the selected, innovative soil prevention, remediation, and restoration measures.effectiveness of the selected, innovative soil prevention, remediation, and restoration measures.

 Public  12 May 2017
 6 D6.2 Assessment of the effectiveness of implemented measures
regarding combating soil degradation, and to restore soil functions and ecosystem services
   18 July 2018
6 D6.3 Report on Demonstration activities per Case Study site   18 July 2018
  WP 7 Costs, benefits and adoption of prevention, remediation and restoration measures    
7 D7.1 Impact Assessment on Ecosystem Services  Public 11 April 2018
 7 D7.2 Model assessments of the cost-effectiveness of
prevention/remediation/restoration measures for all Case Study areas
 Public  18 July 2018
  WP 8 Applicability and effects of measures at the European level    
 8  D8.1 The integrated PESERA, DESMICE, and METRONAMICA model  Public  18 July 2018
8  D8.2 Report on model validation  Public  Due 2018
8  D8.3 Report on inter-threat comparison  Public  Due 2018
8  D8.4 Report on barriers and opportunities of adoption at European scale  Public  Due 2018
  WP 9 Policy analysis and recommendations    

D9.1 Up-to-date review of EU policies and integrated impact assessment methodologyintegrated impact assessment methodology

 Public  22 Dec 2016
 9  D9.2 Report on the integrated impact assessment of national and EU policies  Public  Due 2018
9  D9.3 Final policy recommendations  Public  Due 2018

WP 10 Data use, management and hosting


D10.1 Web interface in the European Soil Data Centre for accessing project Data

 Public 12 May 2017

D10.2 Quality check of European datasets contributing to RECARE project

 Public  12 April 2018
   WP 11 Dissemination and communication    
11  11.1 RECARE Dissemination and Communication Hub which will host a suite of dissemination products  Public  Due Oct 2018
11  11.2 Dissemination and Communication strategy  Restricted  Feb 2014
11  11.3 Final conference to disseminate the project results to
a range of stakeholders
 Public  27 Sept 2018

Latest News

RECARE Conference Desktop 1


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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