Integrating promotion of soil quality and sustainable land management into policy
Recommendations for the integration of activities that promote soil quality and sustainable land management into regional, national and EU level policies.
Here we examine the different types of policy mechanism in place in Europe to protect soils. We provide an overview of the types of intervention and their linkage to soil threat and function. We analyse: the policies in place relevant to the protection of soil adopted at EU level; the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) both in terms of the rules set at the EU level; and the role of Member States in delivering and interpreting rules at the national and regional level. [D8.1]
An analysis of the linkages of the United Nations' Sustainable Developement Goals with land use (decisions) and soil health, to provide insights on and recommendations for the opportunities of the SDGs to enhance soil and land management and restoration. Despite the difficulties involved, there is hope that progressive reforms to land governance and land and soil management can be achieved, particularly because of the multiple stakeholders who have an interest in advocating, implementing and tracking land issues related to the SDGs. [D8.1]
The importance of effective data combining in the assessment of soil and soil quality is relvant to policy making across all the spheres touched by soil threats, from agriculture and nature protection to climate mitigation and adaptation [D8.2]
iSQAPER has developed a toolkit that can be used to help policy makers, researchers and land managers to better monitor and assess soils at local, regional and continental scales, for better decision making and improved soil quality. These tools should be incorporated in the European Green Deal policy architecture in order to better account for the crucial role soil quality. [D8.4]