Healthy soils for Europe: sustainable management through knowledge and practice

This EIP-AGRI seminar will take place online on 13-14 April 2021

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Healthy soils are fundamental to the sustainable production of food, feed and fibre. In addition, healthy soils provide many other functions that contribute to human well-being such as water filtering, carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling and biodiversity conservation. Soil health is affected by unsustainable management practices. These include frequent tillage, which accelerates soil organic matter loss, incorrect use of agrochemicals, which leads to soil and water pollution, and irrigation practices causing salinisation problems.

This interactive event is dedicated to exchanging practical solutions to soil health problems, and discussing what needs to be done for farms to take them up. Please apply if you would like to actively share your knowledge, experience or innovative ideas to make this event a success, and to build and share practical knowledge to promote the health of our soils.

The overall aim of the seminar is to raise awareness and address practical soil management challenges and solutions to enhance soil health. The specific objectives of the seminar are:

  • Raise awareness of the importance of soil health and introduce various EU initiatives undertaken to preserve it, such as EJP soil and the proposed EU mission “Caring for Soil is Caring for Life”.
  • Promote and build upon the results and outcomes of past EIP-AGRI networking activities such as Focus Groups on soil-related issues and relevant workshops.
  • Share experiences and good practices to maintain soil health, identified by relevant projects, research activities and farmers.
  • Identify synergies between different types of projects working on soil health, and encourage further cooperation among participants through networking.
  • Discuss challenges and solutions for soil health, and identify what is needed to make these solutions operational for farmers, foresters and other land managers, and make them widely used/adopted.

If you are interested in participating or have any further questions, please contact seminar@eip-agri.eu

Download Draft Programme (PDF)