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Interactive Soil Quality Assessment in Europe and China for Agricultural Productivity and Environmental Resilience

Objective

Knowledge regarding the complex interplay between agricultural land use and management and soil quality and function is fragmented and incomplete, in particular with regard to underlying principles and regulating mechanisms. The main aim of iSQAPER is to develop an interactive soil quality assessment tool (SQAPP) for agricultural land users that integrates newly derived process understanding and accounts for the impact of agricultural land use and management on soil properties and functions, and related ecosystem services. For this purpose, >30 long-term experimental field trials in the EU and China will be analysed to derive regulating principles for integration in SQAPP. SQAPP will be developed using a multi-actor approach aiming at facilitating social innovation and providing options to land users for cost-effective agricultural management activities to enhance soil quality and crop productivity. SQAPP will be tested extensively in 14 dedicated Case Study Sites in the EU and China covering a wide spectrum of farming systems and pedo-climatic zones, and rolled-out across the continents thereafter. Within the Case Study sites a range of alternative agricultural practices will be selected, implemented and evaluated with regard to effects on improving soil quality and crop productivity. Proven practices will be evaluated for their potential applicability at EU and China levels, and to assess the related soil environmental footprint under current and future agricultural trends and various agricultural policy scenarios. How the soil quality tool can be utilized for different policy purposes, e.g. in cross compliance and agro-environmental measures, will also be investigated and demonstrated. A comprehensive dissemination and communication strategy, including a web-based information portal, will ensure that project results are available to a variety of stakeholders at the right time and in appropriate formats to enhance soil quality and productivity in the EU and China.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/soil science/land-based treatment
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2014-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 198 750

Participants (24)

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 226 250
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Ackerstrasse 113
5070 Frick
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAET BERN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Hochschulstrasse 6
3012 Bern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 323 750
Address
Largo Dos Colegiais 2
7000 803 Evora
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 333 750
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTE FOR EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 357 500
Address
Belgrave Road 11 Ieep Offices Floor 3
SW1V 1RB London
Activity type
Research Organisations
FONDAZIONE MEDES
Italy
EU contribution
€ 351 250
Address
Contrada San Licandro 1
84029 Sicignano Degli Alburni
Activity type
Research Organisations
STICHTING INTERNATIONAL SOIL REFERENCE AND INFORMATION CENTRE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 257 500
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 3 - Build 101
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 385 000
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTYTUT AGROFIZYKI POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK
Poland
EU contribution
€ 185 000
Address
Doswiadczalna 4
20290 Lublin
Activity type
Research Organisations
EESTI MAAULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 173 750
Address
Kreutzwaldi 1
51014 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 181 250
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE PENTRU PEDOLOGIE, AGROCHIMIE SI PROTECTIA MEDIULUI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 128 125
Address
Str B Dul Marasti 61 Sector 1
011464 Bucuresti
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUTO POLITECNICO DE COIMBRA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 185 625
Address
Rua Da Misericordia, Lagar Dos Corticos
3045-093 Coimbra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD MIGUEL HERNANDEZ DE ELCHE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 185 375
Address
Avenida De La Universidad S-n
03202 Elche
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 215 000
Address
Iera Odos 75
118 55 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning CAAS
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Zhongguancun Nan Da Jie 12
100081 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NORTHWEST A&F UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Taicheng Road 3
712100 Yangling
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SOIL AND FERTILIZER INSTITUTE, SICHUAN ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (SAAS)
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Shizishan Road 2 Jinjiang District
610066 Chengdu
Activity type
Research Organisations
CLARINGBOULD HELEEN ELSA
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 106 250
Address
Buys Ballotstraat 35
3572 ZT Utrecht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING BOTH ENDS
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 196 250
Address
Nieuwe Keizersgracht 45
1018 VC Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
PANNON EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
Egyetem U 10
8200 Veszprem
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTE OF SOIL SCIENCE CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Bejing Donglu 71 Nanjing
210008 Nanjing
Activity type
Research Organisations
GAEC DE LA BRANCHETTE
France
EU contribution
€ 185 000
Address
Lieu Dit Les Branchettes
35370 Argentre Du Plessis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)