The RECARE project has brought together a multidisciplinary team to assess the current threats to soils and to find innovative solutions to prevent further soil degradation across Europe.
The soil threats addressed by this project were soil erosion by water, soil erosion by wind, decline of soil organic matter (SOM) in peat soils, decline of SOM in mineral soils, soil compaction, soil sealing, soil contamination, soil salinization, desertification, flooding, landslides, and decline in soil biodiversity.
17 case studies examined those threats in various soil types and in different conditions around Europe, finding suitable solutions by using an innovative approach, which combines scientific and local knowledge. Stakeholders selected and evaluated the methods in terms of soil functions, environmental benefits, but also costs reduction.
The project is financed by EU-FP7 Program.