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Nature Based Solutions for Soil Management

Project description

Sharing knowledge to improve soil health

Soil degradation is a global issue. Unfortunately, it is estimated that over 90 % of all soils could become degraded by 2050. Nature-based solutions can support soil health. The EU-funded NBSoil project will design a blended learning programme to mainstream knowledge and help soil advisors implement a holistic vision of soil health. Specifically, the project will focus on six multifunctional categories: organic fertilisers from locally available biowastes, cover crops, paludiculture, forest diversification, bioremediation, and blue-green infrastructure in urban and periurban areas. An estimated 300 participants from 8 EU countries are expected to complete the 2-year training (an introductory online course and four advanced modules) offered by the project.

Objective

NBSOIL (Nature Based Solutions for Soil Management) is a four-year project coordinated by the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation (PL). Its overall objective is to design an attractive blended learning programme to enable soil advisors to implement a holistic vision of soil health through Nature Based Solutions (NBS) and collaborate effectively across different temporal and spatial scales.

NBSOIL will focus on 6 multifunctional NBS categories to develop a holistic approach to land management and soil health fully in line with the IUCN Global Standard for NBS (IUCN, 2020): organic fertilisers from locally available biowastes, cover crops, paludiculture, forest diversification, bioremediation, and blue - green infrastructure in urban and periurban areas. NBSOIL builds on previous research results and available Open Source technology to deliver the following NBSOIL thematic packs: Knowledge base, Academy, Soil Health assessment, monitoring and mapping resources, Policy Navigator, and Marketplace.

Approximately 300 participants from 8 countries (PL, AT, CH, UK, FR, NL, IT, ES) are expected to complete the full 2 years training offered in 6 languages (English, Polish, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish). The 2 years training programme will provide an immersive, interactive, flexible learning experience, through an introductory Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) followed by four advanced modules on 1. Soil and NBS, 2. Living Labs facilitation, 3. Digital tools for Soil Health monitoring and 4.Improving soil related decision making in business and policy, and a Final Project.

The NBSOIL consortium will deliver Impact and contribute decisively to achieve the Soil Health Mission by mainstreaming NBS knowledge and advice for soil management, providing Soil Health Living Labs facilitators, making soil monitoring and mapping tech user friendly and inclusive and embedding soil care across all land management and land related decision making processes.

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Coordinator

INSTYTUT UPRAWY NAWOZENIA I GLEBOZNAWSTWA, PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY
Net EU contribution
€ 627 502,00
Address
Czartoryskich 8
24 100 Pulawy
Poland

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Region
Makroregion wschodni Lubelskie Lubelski
Activity type
Research Organisations
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