The RECARE information Hub, a sister webpage to the RECARE website, has been launched today, April 1st. The Hub will function as an information platform that disseminates detailed information about soil threats that are facing most of Europe's countries.
Due to growing human intervention and unsustainable management, soils are currently under increasing threat from a wide range of processes, such as soil erosion, compaction, desertification, salinization, sealing, contamination and loss of organic matter and biodiversity. Detailed information about the threats that are facing our soils can be found on the RECARE hub.
Next to hosting information about the ongoing research in the RECARE project, it will also serve as a platform for the stakeholders in the various countries that are involved in the project. Furthermore it will present information about assessing soil threats, technical solutions to remediate soil threat processes, and teaching resources for schools. Since the project will also look into policy at regional, national and European level, sections about this subject will also appear on the Hub in a later stadium of the project.
Next to the RECARE Hub, the RECARE information leaflet has been issued today.
The RECARE project leaflet can be downloaded by clicking HERE.
More attention to the health and management of the planet's soils will be needed to meet the challenge of feeding a growing world population while coping with climate change and increased scarcity of natural resources, FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo today told a group of leading soil scientists and research organizations gathered at the UN agency's Rome headquarters to mark World Soil Day.
To emphasize the importance of Soils, FAO also launched a new online "soil portal," which offers a comprehensive collection of soil maps and over 700 technical reports.
Link to the FAO Soil portal.
Friday, Januari 17th the first plenary meeting of the RECARE project was closed after a fruitful week in Valencia, Spain. The project partners met in the Reina Victoria hotel, in order to exchange information and discuss the detailed planning for the first project period. On Wednesday an excursion was held in the close-by Case Study area. The sections and pictures below give an overview of the whole week.
Monday, January 13, 2014 - Today, the kick-off meeting of the RECARE project was opened by Coen Ritsema (Wageningen University), coordinator of the RECARE project. Coen gave an overview presentation about soil threats in Europe and the EC policy at the moment, future developments on this area and the role the RECARE project is supposed to play in this field. Furher presentations were given about project structure, planning and management issues.
The afternoon was programmed for information exchange between the 11 Work Packages that the project incorporates and the Case Study partners; different sessions were held in which the Work Package leaders informed the remaining project partners about the various activities within the corresponding Work Packages.
The first day ended with a joint project dinner in the centre of Valencia, with the 50 participants of the meeting. More information about the meeting will follow this week.
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