RECARE Preventing and remediating degradation of soils in Europe through land care

Country: EU Projects
Start Date:   1/1/2014         Duration: 48 months         Project Type: RTD
Contract Number: 
Organisation Type:  EC Project
Contaminated land-->Contaminated land overview
Contaminated land-->Remediation options-->Remediation options overview
Diffuse pollution-->Diffuse pollution overview
Soil-->Soil Overview
Soil-->Soil quality
Project objectives:
The main aim of RECARE is to develop effective prevention, remediation and restoration measures using an innovative trans-disciplinary approach, actively 
integrating and advancing knowledge of stakeholders and scientists in 17 Case Studies, covering a range of soil threats in different bio-physical and socio-economic
environments across Europe.
Project Summary:
Although there is a large body of knowledge available on soil threats in Europe, this knowledge is fragmented and incomplete, in particular regarding the complexity 
and functioning of soil systems and their interaction with human activities.
Achieved Objectives:

Product Descriptions:
What will we do in the Case Study sites?  
The following activities will be undertaken in the 17 RECARE Case Study sites:  
The current state of degradation and conservation will be assessed using a new methodology, based on the WOCAT mapping procedure,  
Impacts of degradation and conservation on soil functions and ecosystem services will be quantified in a harmonized, spatially explicit way, accounting 
for costs and benefits, and possible trade-offs, Prevention, remediation and restoration measures selected and implemented by stakeholders in a participatory process will be evaluated regarding efficacy,
and The applicability and impact of these measures at the European level will be assessed using a new integrated bio-physical and socio-economic model, accounting
for land use dynamics as a result of for instance economic development and policies. Review of current Policies Existing national and EU policies will be reviewed and compared to identify potential incoherence, contradictions and synergies. Policy messages will
be formulated based on the Case Study results and their integration at European level. Communication A comprehensive dissemination and communication strategy, including the development of a web-based Dissemination and Communication Hub, will accompany
the other activities to ensure that project results are disseminated to a variety of stakeholders at the right time and in the appropriate formats to stimulate
renewed care for European soils. (
Additional Information:
Project Resources:
Funding Programme(s): 
EC FP7: Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.
Link to Organisations:
Submitted by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  27/01/2015 10:04:00