In a video clip, recently issued by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the importance of soil for all life on earth is again emphasized. The animated video is produced by the Global Soil Partnership and promotes the creation of a UN World Soil Day and the adoption of 2015 as the International Year of Soils. The animation outlines the importance and benefits of soils and the hazards currently facing them.
These same hazards, or soil threats, are under investigation by the RECARE project. Read more about RECARE on this website.
This week, the first Periodic Report of the RECARE project has been submitted to the online systems of the main funder of the project; the European Union.
Every 18 months, a scientific progress report and a management report need to be delivered to the Scientific Offficer of the project. The report is then reviewed by external specalists in the field, that are appointed by the European Commission. These reviewers issue an official Review Report, where they give their comment on the progress of the project and possibly also comment on the scientific quality of the work that has been delivered. They can ask for clarifications and possibly also update of Deliverables if they find this appropriate. The review report is expected in a number of weeks from now.
Project partner Artemi Cerda, of partner institute University of Valencia, is organising a big stakeholder event titled 'L'agricultura Actual' (Today's Agriculture).
The event will take place on June 20th and 21st 2015 in Valencia. The main purpose of the event is to make the general public and especially stakeholders from the area aware of the consequences of modern agricultural methods and techniques, and what implications these have for the land and culture in the Spanish setting.
The accompanying text in the event folder reads:
'Today's agriculture is at a crossroad that leads to modernization, industrialization and the denaturation of its production. However, there are entrepreneurs that want to bring agriculture and economic activity closer to the people, and wish to share their ideas with society. This meeting introduces the RECARE research project, and El Celler del Roure Teularet wants to show how users and farmers can build a new path towards a Modern agriculture without losing their traditional values.'
Watch the TV interview below that Prof. Artemi Cerda gave about the event [Spanish language]
The event folder can be downloaded HERE.