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SCAPE Soil Conservation and Protection Strategies for Europe

Objectives: The objectives are:
- decide upon future data information and indicators needs,
- develope a more appropriate integrated multi functional conceptual basis for soil conservation
- evaluating and developing guidelines from best practices
The project will specifically ask:
- how can the goal of the sustainable soil conservation be achieved
- what types of data and information are needed by different end-users
- how should this information be measured, monitored and communicated
- what can be learned from the best soil conservation practises and case studies.
Sectorial Topic (Note): Sustainable land use management, including water, soil and vegetation in affected areas
Actor(s)[Nation(Ministry, Agency)/Organization]: Universiteit van Amsterdam, Norsk Institutt for Jord-og Skogkartlegging (NIJOS) Section for Soil Information, Norway
Contents: The overall project aim is to provide scientific support needed to incorporate soil conservation and protection into the EU policy for sustainable development. The CA will enable scientists, responsible organisations, policy-makers and end-users to formulate responses to the dangers to sustainability posed by soil erosion, loss of fertility and soil contamination.
Means of Implementation: Amount of financing 713.269,00 euro.
Funding for the project was provided by the European Commission, DG XIII under the 4th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Programme.
The platform for the action will be developed by means of four workshops and a conference. Important and interested actors will be invited to prepare information on and discuss how the objectives can be achieved. About 20 scientific papers will be commissioned to make targeted reviews of key topics. The key questions that are posed will be developed in work packages that develop during the progression of the action.
Target year: 2005
Target Area/Place: Europe
Expected Outcome(S): Both the "process" of developing the platform and its final results (guidelines, recommendations and strategies) will support the evaluation of different strategies in support of sustainable soil conservation. By involving responsible authorities in the development of the action and adopting an integrated approach, the potential impact of the action for policy should be high.
Relevance to the Plan of Implementation of WSSD: This project addresses several priority actions identified in the plan of implementation which are related to:
- soil protection,
- environmental monitoring,
- networking
Other Information:
(Contact): Prof. Anton Imeson
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam
The Nederlands
Tel +31.20.525.74.57
Fax +31.20.525.74.31
E mail
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