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


 Report Title Date
 WP1 Project Management  

 Gender Equality Report: Reporting Period 1

25 June 2015

 Gender Equality Report: Reporting Period 2

12 Dec 2016

 Gender Equality Report: Reporting Period 3

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

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

 D3.1 Case Study Descriptions

 30 April 2015

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

 19 Dec 2016
 WP 4 Stakeholder participation and valuation  

 D4.1 Stakeholder and Institutional Analysis

 10 Nov 2014
 D4.2 Report about stakeholder valuation of ecosystem services  18 July 2018
 Stakeholder Workshop 3 WP4-3 guidelines  18 July 2018
 Stakeholder Workshop 3 report CS 01 Frienisberg  18 July 2018
 Stakeholder Workshop 3 report CS 02 Caramulo  18 July 2018
 Stakeholder Workshop 3 report CS 03 Peristerona  18 July 2018
 Stakeholder Workshop 3 report CS 04 Messara  18 July 2018
 Stakeholder Workshop 3 report CS 07 Canyoles river basin  18 July 2018
 Stakeholder Workshop 3 report CS 08 Gunnarsholt  18 July 2018
 Stakeholder Workshop 3 report CS 09 Vansjø  18 July 2018
 Stakeholder Workshop 3 report CS 10 Myjava  18 July 2018
 Stakeholder Workshop 3 report CS 11 Veenweidegebied  18 July 2018
 Stakeholder Workshop 3 report CS 12 Broddbo  18 July 2018
 Stakeholder Workshop 3 report CS 13 OldenEibergen  18 July 2018
 Stakeholder Workshop 3 report CS 14 Veneto  18 July 2018
 Stakeholder Workshop 3 report CS 15 Guadiamar  18 July 2018
 Stakeholder Workshop 3 report CS 17 Isle Of Purbeck  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

 26 May 2017

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

 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.

 12 May 2017
 D6.2 Assessment of the effectiveness of implemented measures
regarding combating soil degradation, and to restore soil functions and ecosystem services
 18 July 2018
 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  
 D7.1 Impact Assessment on Ecosystem Services 11 April 2018
 D7.2 Model assessments of the cost-effectiveness of
prevention/remediation/restoration measures for all Case Study areas
 18 July 2018
 WP 8 Applicability and effects of measures at the European level  
 D8.1 The integrated PESERA, DESMICE, and METRONAMICA model  18 July 2018
 D8.2 Report on model validation  Due 2018
 D8.3 Report on inter-threat comparison  Due early 2019
 D8.4 Report on barriers and opportunities of adoption at European scale  Due early 2019
 WP 9 Policy analysis and recommendations  

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

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

 WP 10 Data use, management and hosting


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

12 May 2017

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

 12 April 2018

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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