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

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.

Coordinator

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Address

Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 Pb Wageningen

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 198 750

Participants (24)

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JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 226 250

FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG

Switzerland

UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland

UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 323 750

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 333 750

INSTITUTE FOR EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 357 500

FONDAZIONE PER LO SVILUPPO SOSTENIBILE DEL MEDITERRANEO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 351 250

STICHTING INTERNATIONAL SOIL REFERENCE AND INFORMATION CENTRE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 257 500

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 385 000

INSTYTUT AGROFIZYKI POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 185 000

EESTI MAAULIKOOL

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 173 750

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 181 250

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

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 128 125

INSTITUTO POLITECNICO DE COIMBRA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 185 625

UNIVERSIDAD MIGUEL HERNANDEZ DE ELCHE

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 185 375

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 215 000

Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning CAAS

China

NORTHWEST A&F UNIVERSITY

China

SOIL AND FERTILIZER INSTITUTE, SICHUAN ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (SAAS)

China

CLARINGBOULD HELEEN ELSA

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 106 250

STICHTING BOTH ENDS

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 196 250

PANNON EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 200 000

INSTITUTE OF SOIL SCIENCE CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

China

GAEC DE LA BRANCHETTE

France

EU Contribution

€ 185 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 635750

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2015

  • End date

    30 April 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 876 625

  • EU contribution

    € 5 375 375

Coordinated by:

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands