A number of RECARE partners attended the Global Soil Week in Berlin from 19th-23rd April 2015. Global Soil Week is an international gathering of people interested in sustainable soil management and responsible land governance.
Around 600 policy-makers, scientists, farmers, students, artists and industry members from 80 countries came together to find strategies to ensure the sustainable management of soil and land. RECARE partners, Gudrun Schwilch, Simone Verzandvoort, Jane Mills and Godert van Lynden contributed to a 4 hour dialogue session entitled "Soil and land information: How to support decision-making?"
The RECARE ecosystem services framework for soils which has been developed within the project was presented. They then facilitated two participatory world café sessions to receive feedback on the framework. Feedback was positive and included a number of useful suggestions to further develop the framework.
Also during the session a trailer for 3 films on soil threats produced by the RECARE project was screened and was well received.
On Thursday, April 16th 2015, a RECARE project session was presented on the 2015 General Assembly of the European Geophysical Union in Vienna, Austria. The session, called 'Soil threats & Ecosystem Services' (session SSS9.4) was organised by RECARE work package 2 leader Jannes Stolte, in cooperation with Jan Jacob Keizer who is leading work package 6.
The EGU General Assembly is one of Europe's largest conferences, with almost 12.000 participants, roughly 5.000 oral presentations and 8.500 poster presentations given during one week.
The RECARE Oral session was held in Room B2 of the Vienna International Centre in Vienna, Austria, where around 80 participants enjoyed the presentations. After the oral presentations, the session was continued with poster presentations, where 18 posters were presented for the RECARE session.
Session SSS9.4 was successful with a full room of visitors during the oral session and an equal amount of visitors at the poster displays.
- The abstracts of the oral presentations can be downloaded HERE (zip file, 200kb)
- The abstracts of the poster presentations can be downloaded HERE (zip file, 600kb)
- The link to the EGU2015 Session SSS9.4 page is HERE.
Click on the button below to see Images of the RECARE session at EGU2015.
The Bayesian Belief Networks - training video has been put online.
In the RECARE project, WP7 will study the cost-effectiveness of the implemented measures. The main objectives are to:
1. Define an appropriate multi-methods approach to assess costs and benefits at the implementation level and
entire Case Study level, taking into account the impacts of the measures on ecosystem functions and services,
2. Implement the approach for each Case Study with attention to scale, timing and dosage,
3. Explore Case Study level preferences for remediation options and evaluation.
Task 7.2 involves the participatory model development for evaluation of remediation options and is lead by partner 15 (University of Leeds).
The impact assessment methodology developed in Task 7.1 is indicator-based. However, temporal and
spatial dynamics require scenario modelling. In this task we will: i) develop Bayesian belief networks (BBN)
about the functioning of different remediation options, including the pace of change and dosage-effectiveness
relationships where appropriate, and ii) examine motivations (including beliefs, attitudes and cultural aspects)
that underlie the decisions stakeholders make over different options and the likelihood of motivations being
translated into practice.