Introduction

Good soil quality is of fundamental importance to both local and global food production and to ecosystem resilience. Agricultural soils world-wide are subject to threats and pressures including: increasing demand for food and biofuels, changing diets, land degradation and associated productivity decline, all made worse by climate change. Reliable knowledge and data help land users assess their soils and make well-informed decisions about its use. When information on alternative land use practices is easily available, it supports farmers in improving their land management.
iSQAPER aims to provide: interactive soil quality assessment in Europe and China for agricultural productivity and environmental resilience providing decision makers with science-based, easy to apply and cost-effective tools to manage soil quality and function.
key messages

Key messages

Booklets, factsheets and video clips provide information about soil quality in succinct and easy to read formats.

SQI

Assessment

Innovative methods to assess soil quality in different pedo-climatic zones, integrating soil science, agricultural and lanl management practices.

Study site map

Indicators

Soil quality indicators tailored for and tested by farmers for farmers in Europe and China.

 

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New Standards

An app for mobile devices anywhere in the world, providing location-specific soil quality information and sustainable land use management options

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Multi-actor Approach

The app will be developed, tested and improved by farmers, scientists, practitioners, agricultural service providers and policy makers.

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Ecosystems Services

Information about the environmental footprint of farming activities, options for sustainable land use and the effects of widespread adoption of sustainable land practices generated from existing databases and shared among farmers, scientists, reional and national policy makers.

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