The year 2015 has been elected as the Year of Soils by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation). The official title of this year-long event is: 'International Year of Soils 2015: Healthy soils for a healthy life'.

Our soils are in danger because of expanding cities, deforestation, unsustainable land use and management practices, pollution, overgrazing and climate change. The current rate of soil degradation threatens the capacity to meet the needs of future generations.

As long as soils are at risk, sustainable agriculture, food security and the provision of ecosystem services are compromised.

As RECARE is a project that is dedicated to soils and especially to developing effective prevention, remediation and restoration measures against soil threats, 2015 is also important for the RECARE project. This page is especially dedicated to various activities organised around the Year of Soils.

 

Weblinks

Nederland van Onderen - dedicated webpage from Dutch radio program 'Vroege Vogels' about the International Year of Soils. Contains 3 interviews with scientists about the importance of Soils in our daily life (in Dutch).

FAO - Year of Soils - official FAO website of 2015 Year of Soils. Background information and various other links.

Global Soil Week - The yearly global soil week is held in Berlin from 19-23 April 2015.

YouTube film, issued by FAO - about the importance of soil and its threats.

Secrets of the Soil - YouTube film [1:30]. Learn how the hidden world just beneath the surface could hold the key to our climate and and energy future. Eoin Brodie explores how shifting rainfall patterns affect the soil and the carbon cycle. Janet Jansson looks at the potential of microbes in the soil to lead to better biofuels or to help scientists understand the planet's carbon cycle. Margaret Torn examines what will happen to the carbon in soil as the climate changes. Trent Northen explores how soil microbes adapt to extreme environments. Moderated by John Harte, who holds a joint professorship in the Energy and Resources Group and the Ecosystem Sciences Division of UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources.

Healthy soils are the basis for healthy food production - YouTube fim [01:04] by FAO.