Interactive Soil Quality Assessment in Europe and...
Interactive Soil Quality Assessment in Europe and China for Agricultural Productivity and Environmental Resilience
Title OriginalInteractive Soil Quality Assessment in Europe and China for Agricultural Productivity and Environmental Resilience
To manage the use of agricultural soils well, decision-makers need science-based, easy to apply and cost-effective tools to assess soil quality and function. Moreover, assessments must be accompanied by recommendations relevant to the land user at a given moment and location. At present, such tools are too expensive, too complex, unbalanced regarding attention to different aspects of soil quality, and weakly linked to management recommendations. Furthermore, policy decisions need to consider the management of agricultural soils in the wider context of trade-offs with other economic sectors, and ecosystem service impacts and contributions (i.e. the soil environmental footprint). Due to such interactions, procedures are needed that enable various potential stakeholders to indicate vulnerabilities and influence decisions in a timely way. Hence, various stakeholders, including policy-makers, industries and land users need to overcome knowledge gaps and integration gaps in order to link soil quality indicators, management options, and implications for ecosystem service provisioning of agricultural soils.
The proposed initiative, entitled ‘Interactive Soil Quality Assessment in Europe and China for Agricultural Productivity and Environmental Resilience’ (iSQAPER) therefore aims to:
Integrate existing soil quality related information with characterisations of crop and livestock farming systems in various pedo-climatic zones across Europe and China.
Synthesize the evidence for agricultural management effects provided by long-term field trials across Europe and China on soil physical, chemical and biological properties, including interactions, and related ecosystem services such as agricultural productivity and yield stability.
Derive and identify innovative soil quality indicators that can be integrated into an easy-to-use interactive soil quality assessment tool, accounting for the effects of agricultural land management practices and related effects upon ecosystem services.
Develop, with input from a variety of stakeholders, a multilingual Soil Quality Application (SQAPP) for in-field soil quality assessment and monitoring as an example of social innovation that allows interaction between multi-level actors.
Test, refine, and roll out SQAPP across Europe and China as a new standard for holistic assessment of agricultural soil quality.
Use a trans-disciplinary, multi-actor approach to validate and support SQAPP and to become truly relevant for agricultural practice under a wide range of circumstances.
Develop scenarios of how widespread application of improved agricultural management practices can contribute to a lower soil environmental footprint at a continental scale (Europe and China), while maintaining or increasing crop productivity and yield stability.
Carry out an integrated assessment of existing soil and agriculture related EU and national (including China) policies and derive recommendations for improvement, i.e. through the post-2020 CAP.
Disseminate project results using a variety of formats and media to inform and engage targeted stakeholders, ranging from land users to high-level policy makers and the general public.
European Commission, Horizon 2020
State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI)
(Coord) Wageningen University (WU), Netherlands, University
Joint Research Center (JRC), Italy, Research Institute
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FIBL), Switzerland, Foundation / Charity
Universität Bern (UNIBE), Switzerland, University
University of Évora (UE), Portugal, University
Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Spain, University
Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), UK and Belgium, SME
Foundation for Sustainable Development of the Mediterranean (MEDES), Italy, SME
ISRIC World Soil Information (ISRIC), Netherlands, Foundation
Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (DLO), Netherlands, Foundation
Institute of Agrophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IA), Poland, Research Institute
Estonian University of Life Sciences, Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (IAES), Estonia, University
University of Ljubljana (UL), Slovenia, University
National Research and Development Institute for Soil Science, Agrochemistry and Environmental Protection (ICPA), Romania, Research institute
Agrarian School of Coimbra (ESAC), Portugal, Higher Education
University of Miguel Hernández (UMH), Spain, University
Agricultural University Athens (AUA), Greece, University
Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (IARRP), China, Research Institute
Institute of Soil and Water Conservation of Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISWC), China, Research Institute
Soil and Fertilizer Institute of the Sichuan Academy of Agricultural Sciences (SFI), China, Research Institute
D-sign (D-sign), Netherlands, SME
CorePage (CorePage), Netherlands, SME
BothEnds (BothEnds), Netherlands, SME
University of Pannonia (UP), Hungary, University
Institute of Soil Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISS), China, Research Institute