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.



Policy Guidance

The policy briefs below present recomendations for policy makers that have been developed during the RECARE project for a range of soil threats.

Soil threat Document title and authors
Soil sealing

Soil sealing and land take

  • Sandra Naumann, Ana Frelih-Larsen, Gundula Prokopp
Soil compaction

Subsoil compaction - A threat to sustainable food production and soil ecosystem services

  • P. Schjønning, M. Lamandé, M.H Thorsøe, Ana Frelih-Larsen
Soil contamination

Remediating historical soil contamination

  • Ana Frelih-Larsen, S. Ittner, T. Marañón, N. Vrinceanu
Final project brochure
addressing all soil threats

Finding and sharing solutions to protect our soils (PT)

  • Eds: Jane Mills & Matt Reed

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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