From Monday, May 29th 10:00, until Friday, June 2nd 12:00, the 4th plenary project meeting will be held in Hella, Iceland.
The meeting program is currently being developed, and will be available from this website soon. An excursion is included in the meeting program on Wednesday, a post-meeting excursion is optionally available on Friday afternoon. The registration for the event is open for project members.
For project members it is advised to first read the Iceland meeting information page, before booking your flight and registering for the meeting. The information page contains essential information for the trip.
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.