S o i l – one of the main elements of the environment, part of nature. Fertile and productive soils are literally the foundation of our existence, as they are the prerequisite for a stable supply of food, fibre, animal feed, timber and other biomasses. Soils sustain huge biodiversity and contribute to the provision of a wide range of ecosystem services, and as the largest store of carbon on land, soils are also in the nexus of the global climate challenges. Soils are part of the solution to realising the SDGs.
The Horizon 2020 project “Towards climate-smart sustainable management of agricultural soils (EJP SOIL)” unites a unique group of 26 leading European research institutes and universities in 24 countries.
The objectives of the European Joint Programme EJP SOIL
are to develop knowledge, tools and an integrated research community to
foster climate-smart sustainable agricultural soil management. Project
coordinator – INRAe, one of the most widely known agricultural research
institutions in the world.
perform research on soil sustainability. Participation in wide-range
program will expand research, augment knowledge and improve
technological proposals for practice.
The main objective of EJP SOIL
is to create an enabling environment to enhance the contribution of
agricultural soils to key societal challenges such as climate change
adaptation and mitigation, sustainable agricultural production,
ecosystem services provision and prevention and restoration of land and
Through sustainable soil management, it
is possible to preserve and even enhance the provision of ecosystem
services by soil and biodiversity. Soil management can also be climate
smart, contributing to mitigate climate change by carbon storage and to
adapt agroecosystems to changing climate. The implementation of climate
smart sustainable soil management differs from region to region, between
agricultural practices and obviously between different soil types.
EJP SOIL activities in
interaction with stakeholders will pursue the long-term goal of
promoting farmers as stewards of land and soil resources and support
policy development and deployment, in particular the CAP and Climate