Recare - Preventing and remediating degradation of soils in Europe through land care

Lynden, G. van; Ritsema, C.J.; Hessel, R.


Much knowledge is available on soil threats in Europe, but this is fragmented and incomplete, in particular regarding the complexity and functioning of soil systems and their interaction with human activities. The main aim of the new RECARE project is to develop effective prevention, remediation and restoration (or Sustainable Land management – SLM) measures using an innovative trans-disciplinary approach in 17 case study areas across Europe, covering a range of soil threats in different bio-physical and socio-economic environments. Within these Case Study sites, i) the current state of degradation and conservation will be assessed ii) impacts of degradation and conservation on soil functions and ecosystem services will be quantified, iii) SLM measures will be selected, implemented and evaluated in a participatory process, and iv) the applicability and impact of these measures at the European level will be assessed. Existing national and EU policies will be reviewed and compared to identify potential contradictions and synergies. A comprehensive dissemination and communication strategy will serve a variety of stakeholders to stimulate renewed care for European soils