Briefing papers & fact sheets
A series of briefing papers ...
A briefing paper on agricultural policy in the EU, its role in soil protection - linking soil to land use related climate goals.
Please cite as: Bowyer, C and Keenleyside, C. 2017. Joining the dots - soil health, agriculture and climate. iSQAPER Briefing Paper, 18 pp. Available at: www.isqaper-is.eu/downloads
A briefing paper on land, soils and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Please cite as: van Haren, N. and van Boxtel, K. 2017. Grounding sustainability: land, soils and the Sustainable Development Goals. iSQAPER Briefing Paper, 40 pp. Available at: www.isqaper-is.eu/downloads
A briefing paper on plastic pollution in soil addressing the extent of the issue, sources and pathways, challenges, policies and regulations to address the challenges, conclusions and the way forward.
Please cite as: Gionfra, S. 2018. Plastic pollution in soil. iSQAPER Briefing Paper, 18 pp. Available at: www.isqaper-is.eu/downloads
This briefing paper seeks to inform EU, national and regional policy makers about how the latest CAP reform could deliver much-needed improvements in environmental and climate action.
Please cite as: Meredith, S. 2019. Getting to the roots of sustainable land management. iSQAPER Briefing Paper, 16 pp. Available at www.isqaper-is.eu/downloads
What are the main threats to agricultural soils and how are they identified?
A briefing paper explaining how monitoring soil quality indicators can help in the establishment of management practices that better support the multiple ecosystem services that good quality soil provides. The effect of soil management on organic carbon is traditionally measured by monitoring total organic carbon (TOC). However here we show that the novel indicator permanganate oxidizable carbon (POXC) is a more informative alternative.
Please cite as: Bongiorno, G. 2020. Assessing soil quality an agro-ecosystems multifunctionality. iSQAPER Briefing Paper, 14 pp. Available at: www.isqaper-is.eu/downloads
EU water law and its ability to support soil protection.
Please cite as: Farmer, A. 2020. Protecting Europe's soils, protecting Europe's water bodies? iSQAPER Briefing Paper, 14 pp. Available at www.isqaper-is.eu/downloads
There is a clear need for a comprehensive high-level framework for the soil policy contribution to climate objectives at the EU level. This framework should address the many other sustainability issues that soils face, but also ensure that the contribution of soils to climate mitigation and adaptation is well planned and organised in coherence with the rest of the EU climate policy architecture.
Please cite as: Stainforth, T. and Bowyer, C. 2020. Climate and soil policy brief: better integrating soil into EU climate policy. iSQAPER Briefing Paper, 7 pp. Available at www.isqaper-is.eu/downloads