EU Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’

EU Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’

Both the web platform of the NOVASOIL project and the blog have been created with the aim of informing the community of material related to the objectives of the project.

We are going to inaugurate this blog with the first news that is oriented to the projects that have been launched related to the nine projects that are going to be part of the EU Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’.

According to a new publication from the European Union, there have been nine research and innovation projects that will receive funding from the Horizon Europe programme.

The EU Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’ aims to lead the transition towards healthier soils by 2030 that meet the eight proposed objectives:

  • reduce desertification;
  • conserve soil organic carbon stocks;
  • stop soil sealing and increase the reuse of urban soils;
  • reduce soil contamination and improve restoration;
  • prevent erosion;
  • improve soil structure to increase soil biodiversity;
  • reduce the overall EU footprint on soils;
  • improve soil literacy in society.
Soil on Dehesa. real de La Jara (Seville, Spain).
Soil on Dehesa. real de La Jara (Seville, Spain). Source: EVENOR-TECH

63 million has been earmarked for projects including the following:

SOLO, which aims to co-create and identify knowledge gaps, priorities, novel approaches and key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor the progress of activities (related project);

BENCHMARKS and AI4SoilHealt, which will validate and further develop indicators to measure, monitor and assess soil health and functions using integrated frameworks and Artificial Intelligence (related projects);

SOIL O-LIVE, you will explore the connection between soil health and safe, nutritious food. The project will work in the most important olive production areas in the Mediterranean region and will study how soil health influences the nutritional composition, taste and safety of olive oil (related project);

INBESTSOIL, will test the incorporation of a system of economic valuation of the ecosystem services delivered by healthy soils in five business models (sister project);

SOIL VALUES, will explore financial mechanisms such as capital investment or risk compensation or cost reduction, as well as hybrid incentive schemes and develop at least six business models to help land managers make decisions (sister project);

NATI00NS, will support the establishment of living soil health laboratories and will act as the Mission’s messenger to national and regional stakeholders (related project).

NBSoilsupport the much-needed next generation of soil consultants with a blended learning program that enables them to implement a holistic vision of soil health through nature-based solutions (related project);

NOVASOILwill study four business models that allow creating new incentives from healthy soils (related project).

NOVASOIL partners are committed to maintaining an information connection both with our community and with those responsible for the sister projects; as well as with those responsible for the European Commission to help achieve those eight proposed objectives; thereby improving the quality of life of our soils and, with it, of the citizens of the European Union and beyond.

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