Soil

Soil

Soil represents the interface between land, air and water and it is essential for any living species in the planet and provides a number of provisional and supporting ecosystem services, which makes this resource one of the principal centrepiece of  environmental themes, from the adaptation and mitigation of climate change to food security and human health. In order to allow the soil  performing its function it is important to protect it from degradation processes and threats , such as: erosion, reduction of organic matter, contamination, soil sealing, compaction, biodiversity reduction, salinisation, landslides and floods. The 7° Environmental Action Plan highlights the importance to: intensify efforts towards the reduction of soil erosion and increase the organic matter contained in it; remediate the contaminated sites and improve the integration of soil use into more coordinated decisional processes, which include decisions made at the whole required  levels to be linked with the adoption of specific land and soil objectives within wider spatial planning objectives.

  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The SOILPRO Project was born with the ambitious goal of halting soil degradation in line with the EU’s Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection (COM (2006) 231). This purpose was pursued by encouraging cooperation, in an international context, between local and regional authorities and research centers involved in the project for the development and application of monitoring methods and spatial management of degradation risks based on innovative web-GIS techniques...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The objective of the EGIDA project was to promote the activities of the GEO intergovernmental initiative (Group on Earth Observation) by stimulating the involvement of an increasing number of stakeholders and users of scientific and technological communities (research centers, national and international agencies, companies) in accessing and supplying data and information through the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), as well as in the...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION Degradation, characterizing today much of our territory and in particular soils and landscape, is unfortunately advancing. Due to lack of adequate information, suitable databases and expert support, the institutions called upon to make decisions in terms of planning and management are often unprepared, or in great difficulty to face these problems. At the same time also farmers, foresters and local operators need practical information or useful tools for a...
PROJECT DESCRIPTION The ECOREMED project had the aim to validate on a pilot scale an assisted bio-phytoremediation protocol for different levels of soil contamination, in order to produce a suitable technical tool for the rehabilitation of degraded and/ or contaminated agricultural soils, with bio-phytoremediation techniques which also include energy recovery from biomass. The Agro Aversano (fields around Aversa), sadly known as the "Land of Fires", is a highly urbanized agricultural area...