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Building a European Network for the Characterisation and Harmonisation of Monitoring Approaches for Research and Knowledge on Soils

Description du projet

Création d’un cadre de surveillance de la santé des sols pour l’Europe

Les sols fournissent de la nourriture, de l’eau propre, des habitats pour la biodiversité et d’autres services importants. Il n’y a pas de vie sans eux. Dans ce contexte, le projet BENCHMARKS, financé par l’UE, concevra conjointement un cadre intégré de surveillance de la santé des sols, qui s’appuiera sur l’évaluation des fonctions écosystémiques des sols afin de codévelopper un tableau de bord interactif de la santé des sols. L’objectif est d’orienter la sélection d’indicateurs appropriés de la santé des sols, l’évaluation et l’indexation de la santé des sols, et la recommandation de pratiques de gestion pour soutenir la santé des sols. Le tableau de bord sera conçu pour les différentes parties prenantes des systèmes d’utilisation des sols urbains, agricoles et forestiers. Les indicateurs proposés (mesures et données basées sur des échantillons et statistiques dérivées de modèles), les observations spatiales et les observations des citoyens seront testés dans le cadre d’études de cas sur les paysages à travers l’Europe.

Objectif

Soil health is crucial for challenges related to climate, environment and society. As such, this Soil Health and Food Mission proposal directly links in to the other HE missions, as well as to the European Green Deal and Farm to Fork strategies. Both public and private sectors are proposing a sustainable vision, that depends on a reliable assessment of the effects of management and policy innovations on soil health. Therefore, there is an urgent need to ensure that the EU sets the benchmark of a reliable cost-effective framework for measuring soil health.
In alignment with existing initiatives such as EU Soil Observatory, EJP Soil and the LUCAS Topsoil survey, and using open science approaches, the BENCHMARKS consortium will co-design an Integrated Soil Health Monitoring Framework. This framework will build upon the assessment of soil-based ecosystem functions to co-develop an interactive soil health dashboard for (1) the selection of appropriate soil health indicators, (2) soil health assessment and indexation, and (3) recommendation of management practices to support soil health. The dashboard will be suitable at local, landscape, regional and European scales for a variety of stakeholders in urban, agricultural and forestry land use systems. BENCHMARKS indicators will be relevant to the stakeholder’s objectives, applicable to the different land use systems and pedo-climatic zone and appropriate in terms of logistical, financial and sensitivity requirements. To inform on the appropriate spatial resolution of indicators, the Soil Health Mission and BENCHMARKS proposed indicators (sample-based measurements, stats (data and model derived measurements), space (earth observation techniques)) and citizen science observations will be tested in 24 Living Labs across Europe. Finally, BENCHMARKS will support policy development and value-chain innovation through increased evidence on the links between soil health, functions and ecosystem services.

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Coordinateur

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 2 128 070,00
Adresse
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Pays-Bas

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Région
Oost-Nederland Gelderland Veluwe
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Liens
Autres sources de financement
€ 0,00

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