Innovation: Strategies for sustainable management of soil resources

Last update: 29.06.2013
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Keywords: 
land use, soil biodiversity, terrestrial production, retention of soil nutrients, condition of soil, natural resource, intensive agriculture, terrestrial ecosystem, sustainable production, agronomist, natural conservation, public guidelines, prevention measures, information platform, soil, bio-fuels
European soil biodiversity is pivotal for delivering food, fibre and bio-fuels and carbon storage. However, the demand is greater than the amount of soil available, as production of bio-fuels competes with areas for food production and nature. Moreover, intensified land use reduces soil biodiversity and the resulting ecosystem services. SOILSERVICE will value soil biodiversity through the impact on ecosystem services and propose how these values can be granted through payments.

SOILSERVICE will combine interdisciplinary empirical studies and soil biodiversity surveys to construct soil food web models and determine effects of changing soil biodiversity on stability and resilience of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling, as well as assess consequences for outbreaks of pests or invasive species.

SOILSERVICE will link ecological and economic models to develop a system for valuing soil biodiversity in relation to ecosystem services. Objectives: Develop methods to value soil ecosystem services during different pressure of land use and changes in soil biodiversity. Field and modelling studies will determine to what spatial and temporal scales soil biodiversity and soil ecosystem services are vulnerable to disturbance.

PROJECT GOALS:

Soilservice will construct quantitative scenarios of long-term land use change across Europe. From direct investigations of how land use induces changes in soil biodiversity it can be determined how soil nutrients can be retained even after extensive use. We will from this project be able to make more precise predictions that link economy together with production (food vs. biofuel), land use, soil biodiversity and sustainability. This information can be used by broad range of decision and policy makers within the European community for future development of EU biofuel and soil strategies.
With scenarios of future land use the project
has predicted how soils can be better managed to improve the long-term incomes
of European farmers, mitigate climate change and reduce nutrient and chemical
Inputs.
Expected final results: Determine how land-use induced changes in soil biodiversity influence the retention of nutrients and carbon in agriculture. Thresholds for soil biodiversity will be established that ensure sustainable production. Threshold values for ecosystem stability will be determined to forecast consequences of intensified land use. Valuing the costs and benefits of the stability and resilience of soil biodiversity in agriculture. Provide decision-makers in linking policy, land-use, ecosystem services with predictive tools. Expected impact: - To suggest strategies for sustainable management of soil resources In Europe and to mitigate degradation of soils that are under threat from intensive land use and climate change. - Identify best practice to agronomists and nature conservationists of how to manage and use agricultural ecosystems. The project addresses several policies and strategies in the EU and will contribute to the EU Soil strategy and a future Soil Directives. The project will develop predictive tools that permits a scenario-based approach allowing decision-makers to link policy as the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), to get incentives for promoting a sustainable land-use and soil ecosystem services.
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This innovation is the result of the project

Title: Conflicting Demands Of Land Use, Soil Biodiversity And The Sustainable Delivery Of Ecosystem Goods And Services In Europe

Acronym: 
SOILSERVICE

Runtime: 
01.09.2008 to 29.02.2012

Status: 
completed project

Organisations and people involved in this eco-innovation.

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LUNDS UNIVERSITET

(Sweden)

Role in project: Project Coordination

Contact person: Prof. HEDLUND Katarina

Website: http://www.lu.se

Phone: +46-462-223798

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ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

(Greece)

Contact person: Ms. BESTA Christina

Website: http://www.auth.gr

Phone: +30-2310-996745

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BIOLOGICKE CENTRUM AKADEMIE VID CESKE REPUBLIKY VEREJNA VYZKUMNA INSTITUCE

(Czech Republic)

Contact person: Dr. FROUZ Jan

Website: http://www.bc.cas.cz

Phone: +420-387775769

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HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

(Finland)

Contact person: Dr. MIETTINEN Sanna-Maija

Website: http://www.helsinki.fi/university/

Phone: +358-919159792

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JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITAET GIESSEN

(Germany)

Contact person: Prof. WOLTERS Volkmar

Website: http://www.uni-giessen.de/uni/

Phone: +49-6419935700

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KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

(Denmark)

Contact person: Mr. KRISTOFFERSEN Ivan

Website: http://www.ku.dk

Phone: +45-35322626

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KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW

(Netherlands)

Contact person: Mr. VAN DE RIDDER Erwin A.

Website: http://www.knaw.nl

Phone: +31-294239378

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LANCASTER UNIVERSITY

(United Kingdom)

Contact person: Mr. FORSYTH Paul

Website: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk

Phone: +44-1524-594306

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SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

(Sweden)

Contact person: Ms. RAGNARSDOTTER Ingrid

Website: http://www.slu.se

Phone: +46-18671437

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THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

(United Kingdom)

Contact person: STANSFIELD Liz

Phone: +44-1183787397

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WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITEIT

(Netherlands)

Contact person: Mr. ALINK Rein

Website: http://www.wageningenuniversiteit.nl/uk

Phone: +31-317-486614

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