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Preventing and Remediating degradation of soils in Europe through Land Care

Preventing and Remediating degradation of soils in Europe through Land Care

Objective

Although there is a large body of knowledge available on soil threats in Europe, this knowledge is fragmented and incomplete, in particular regarding the complexity and functioning of soil systems and their interaction with human activities. The main aim of RECARE is to develop effective prevention, remediation and restoration measures using an innovative trans-disciplinary approach, actively integrating and advancing knowledge of stakeholders and scientists in 17 Case Studies, covering a range of soil threats in different bio-physical and socio-economic environments across Europe. Within these Case Study sites, i) the current state of degradation and conservation will be assessed using a new methodology, based on the WOCAT mapping procedure, ii) impacts of degradation and conservation on soil functions and ecosystem services will be quantified in a harmonized, spatially explicit way, accounting for costs and benefits, and possible trade-offs, iii) prevention, remediation and restoration measures selected and implemented by stakeholders in a participatory process will be evaluated regarding efficacy, and iv) the applicability and impact of these measures at the European level will be assessed using a new integrated bio-physical and socio-economic model, accounting for land use dynamics as a result of for instance economic development and policies. Existing national and EU policies will be reviewed and compared to identify potential incoherence, contradictions and synergies. Policy messages will be formulated based on the Case Study results and their integration at European level. A comprehensive dissemination and communication strategy, including the development of a web-based Dissemination and Communication Hub, will accompany the other activities to ensure that project results are disseminated to a variety of stakeholders at the right time and in the appropriate formats to stimulate renewed care for European soils.
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Coordinator

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Address

Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 Pb Wageningen

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 656 102

Administrative Contact

Coen Ritsema (Prof.)

Participants (28)

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POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 417 967,20

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 305 095,20

UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 290 495,20

THE CYPRUS INSTITUTE

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 293 135,20

NIBIO - NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 423 560,25

UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 416 167,20

LANDGRAEDSLA RIKISINS

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 296 596,40

EVENOR TECH SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 202 085,20

UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 449 167,20

UMWELTBUNDESAMT GESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG (UBA GMBH)

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 57 422

STICHTING INTERNATIONAL SOIL REFERENCE AND INFORMATION CENTRE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 287 838,50

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 281 741,60

ECOLOGIC INSTITUT gemeinnützige GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 477 128,86

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 219 715,60

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 715 633,11

CLARINGBOULD HELEEN ELSA

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 272 692,48

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 295 895,20

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 172 586

SLOVENSKA TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA V BRATISLAVE

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 290 120,20

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE PENTRU PEDOLOGIE, AGROCHIMIE SI PROTECTIA MEDIULUI

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 187 482,90

INSTYTUT UPRAWY NAWOZENIA I GLEBOZNAWSTWA, PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 309 138,40

UNIVERSITY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 281 819,20

RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 368 838,50

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 55 896,22

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 291 131,20

KONGSKILDE INDUSTRIES AS

Denmark

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 234 073,98

AGRO INTELLIGENCE APS

Denmark

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 603498

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2013

  • End date

    31 October 2018

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 917 791,27

  • EU contribution

    € 8 549 525

Coordinated by:

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

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