2016 Theme: “Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life”
The positive contributions of pulses to soil properties are many: they fix the atmosphere nitrogen and improve its biodiversity, fertility and structure.
That is why the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) dedicates this year's World Soil Day to pulses. Also, owing to their nutritional benefits, 2016 was declared the International Year of Pulses.
The campaign aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness on their critical importance in our lives.
Soil is an essential resource and a vital part of the natural environment from which most of the global food is produced.
At the same time, soil provides living space for humans, as well as essential ecosystem services, which are important for water regulation and supply, climate regulation, biodiversity conservation, carbon sequestration and cultural services. But soils are under pressure from increases in population, higher demands for food and competing land uses. Approximately 33% of our global soils are degraded and policy makers around the world are exploring opportunities to embrace sustainable development via the sustainable development goals.
RECARE ecosystem services framework for soil presented at the EU Ecosystem Services Conference in Antwerp.
Simone Verzandvoort and and Hedwig van Delden both presented the RECARE ecosystem services framework for soil in separate sessions at the EU Ecosystem Services 'Helping Nature to help us' conference in Antwerp on 19-23 September 2016 . Simone explained how the soil-related ecosystem services framework will be used with the RECARE case study stakeholders, whilst Hedwig's presentation explained how the application of the framework can support European policies. More details about the RECARE soil-related ecosytem services framework can be found in the report here, or in a journal article here.
On Wednesday and Thursday September 14th and 15th, the Work Package Leaders (WPL) and the coordination team met in Rhenen (NL) for the Work Package Leader meeting. WPL meetings, that are held twice a year, are held to discuss the progress in the different work packages and to exchange information about project planning and management issues in the project.
The progress of the last 6 months of the project were discussed and information exchanged. Further agreements regarding the planning of the project were made.
- - The meeting notes will be made available on this website as soon as possible.
- - A ZIP file containing the presentations given can be downloaded HERE (only for registered users).