SMARTSOILÂ -Sustainable farm Management aimed at Reducing Threats to SOILs under climate change
Â Link to the project website: www.smartsoil.eu
SmartSOIL (Sustainable farm Management Aimed at Reducing Threats to SOILs under climate change) is a research project in the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (2011-2015). Its aim has been to contribute to reversing the current degradation trend of European agricultural soils by improving soil carbon management in European arable and mixed farming systems covering intensive to low-input and organic farming systems.
LIFE SAVE OUR SOIL FOR LIFE
LIFE Environment and Resource Efficiency project 2015
Link to the project website: Â http://www.sos4life.it/
SOS4LIFE is a demonstration project that aims to contribute to the enforcement at the municipal scale of European orientations about soil protection and urbanregeneration, with particular reference to the Guidelines on best practices to reduce, mitigate and compensate soil sealing [SWD(2012) 101]. Tools, rules and actions promoted by this project are aimed to implement (in advance) the Community strategy â€śno net land take by 2050â€ť according to the Roadmap to a resource efficient Europe [COM(2011) 571] as confirmed also by the 7th Environment Action Programme [1386/2013/EU].
Link to the project website: Â Â http://www.lifebiorest.com
LIFE BIOREST demonstrates the efficiency and effectiveness of an biological approach for soil remediation based on autochthonous bacteria and fungi.
- demonstrate the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of a bioremediation approach for hydrocarbons polluted soils based on the bacteria and fungi strains with high-degrading power, also by enhancing the use of local agro-food by-products
- demonstrate the feasibility to scale-up at industrial level, the production of microorganisms active in bioremediation and related biocatalysts
- optimize protocols and guidelines for bioremediation that can be successfully applied in other scenarios at regional, national and European levels
- enhance the microbiological remediation of contaminated sites in order to spread knowledge and awareness about soil pollution, risk assessment, biodiversity, ecotoxicology, soil ecology and bioeconomy
- support the Soil Thematic Strategy by dissemination actions at european level aimed to show the biological approach advantages to legislators, public authorities, industries and community.
Link to the project website:Â http://www.lifevitisom.com
The overall objective of LIFE VITISOM is to promote a sustainable vineyard soil management, through the development, testing and scale-up of a cost-effective innovative technology for vineyard organic fertilization.
The variable rate (VRT) is a technology which is actually expanding its application in vineyard; this type of innovation allows infact to manage distributions according to prehexisting images of the vineyard vigor and consequently calibrate the intake of products (e.g. chemical fertilizers) in relation to the real needs of vines. Nevertheless, this technology isnâ€™t today yet known for the organic fertilization in vineyard, although it is already known for field crops. The level of innovation for the distribution of organic matter in vineyard is in fact very low and inefficient, leading to an important waste of resources.
The integration of VRT in this method of distribution will allow to make more efficient the organic fertilization of vineyards at local, regional, national and EU level.
LIFE VITISOM supports the Soil Thematic Strategy, promoting educational activities about soil protection thematic and raising the awareness about physical, chemical and biological soil fertility.
The main aim of the project is to decontaminate pollutes soils, restoring green areas useful for the city.
CROP FOR BETTER SOIL
Link to the project website:Â http://traditional-crops.com
â€śCrops for better soilâ€ť is an ambitious project that is going to cultivate in 400 hectares without irrigation in four different areas in Spain (Castilla la Mancha, Castilla y LeĂłn, AragĂłn and Navarra). The aim is to demonstrate on a significant scale and with innovative measurement technologies that application of particular organic farming techniques can improve soil fertility by 20%. Meanwhile it will increase yields with the same percentage through optimal combinations of methodologies targeted to the specific soils and climatic conditions concerned.
Furthermore the project utilizes crop rotation, compost fertilization and re-introduction of traditional crops. During the projectâ€™s lifetime chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides are not used, neither genetic modified crops. The farmers that participate in the project will receive professional training about ecological production during and after the projectâ€™s lifetime.
The areas and farmers involved in this project will differentiate in:
– Weather and soil types
– Type of crops (cereals, forages, oil seeds for energy, etc)
– Type of agriculture machinery
– Farmers motivation for organic agriculture
Strategies for organic and low-input farming to mitigate and adapt to climate change
Link to the project website:Â www.solmacc.eu
SOLMACC is a LIFE-co-funded project that runs from 2013 to 2018.
Its ambition is to demonstrate that by applying optimised farming practices organic farming can be climate-friendly.
12 demonstration farms are therefore adjusting their farming techniques under the close supervision and monitoring of agricultural scientists. Modelling will allow for predictions about the long-term impact on soil, biodiversity and climate to be made with the projectâ€™s results used to develop transferable approaches for other farms, be they organic or conventional.
Restoring optimal Soil functionality in degraded areas within organic Vineyards
Link to the project website: Â www.resolve-organic.eu
The ReSolVe project aims at testing the effects of selected agronomic strategies for restoring optimal soil functionality in degraded areas within organic vineyard. The term “degraded areas within vineyard” means areas having been reduced vine growth, disease resistance, grape yield and quality. These areas can have lost their soil functionality because of either an improper land preparation, or an excessive loss of soil organic matter and nutrients, erosion and/or compaction, element accumulation. The project will individuate the main causes of the soil functionality loss and test different organic recovering methods, such as adding compost, adoption of green manure with different species, and dry mulching.
Technologies to stabilize the organic carbon and improve agricultural soils productivity, promoting biomass value and mitigate climate change .
Link to the project website: www.carbonfarm.eu
LIFE12 ENV/IT/719 CarbOnFarm project is focused on the adoption of demonstrative and innovative strategies for sustainable management of soil organic matter in agro – ecosystems, to enhance the economic and environmental role of soil as a resource and of the agricultural biomass.
Monitoring for Soil Protection
Link to the project website: www.soilpro.eu
LIFE08 ENV/IT/00428 SOILPRO aims at stopping the degradation of the soil in the European Union Member States, through the development and application of risk monitoring and managing methods for soil degradation, based on innovative web – GIS techniques and environmental modeling.
Sustainable agriculture in Carbon arithmetics
Link to the project website: www.agricarbon.eu
LIFE08 ENV/E/000129 AGRICARBON project promotes the dissemination of sustainable agricultural techniques (Conservation Agriculture and Precision Agriculture) promoting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the adaptation of farming techniques to climate change.
Compatibility of Agricultural Management Practices and Types of Farming in the EU to enhance Climate Change Mitigation and Soil Health
Link to the project website: www.catch-c.eu
The project aims to identify and improve business compatibility with soil sustainable management practices to promote productivity, climate change mitigation and soil quality. Catc – C is co – funded by the 7th Framework Programme.
Crops and Animals together
Link to the project website: www.fp7cantogether.eu
The project promotes sustainable agriculture through the combination of company and territorial mixed innovative systems, which simultaneously use cultivation and breeding practices. CANtogether is co – funded by the 7th Framework Programme.
Multifunctional Soil Conservation and Land Management through the Development of a Web Based Spatial Â Decision Supporting System
Link to the project website: www.landconsultingweb.eu
Multifunctional Soil Conservation and Land Management through the Development of a Web Based Spatial Decision Supporting System (SOILCONSWEB) project was born to develop, test and implement an innovative tool to support decisions on issues related to soil and landscape conservation (Spatial – DSS). The DSS is designed to provide support to land managers for better conservation and management of soil and landscape as well as to facilitate the implementation of important but complex EU environmental directives, regulations and national allocation plans.
FarmÂ for the future
Innovation for sustainable management of manure from farm to soil
Link to the project website: www.futuragrari.cat
The project aims to minimize the degree of nutrients excess in the soil caused by the pig sector by acting on three main points: pig farms, manure spreading and to the soils affected by excess nutrients. It has the purpose to demonstrate successful solutions able to improve the quality of the soil, while also offering important environmental benefits.
FaReNaIt – Fare Rete Natura 2000 in Italia
Link to the project website: www.lamiaterravale.it/it
LIFE10 INF/IT/272 FA.RE.NA.IT projectâ€™s primary objective is the involvement of those who live and work in agricultural areas of the Natura 2000 network in Italy to preserve biodiversity, increasing the exchange of knowledge and perceptions among farms, academia and public administration. The project has promoted the opening of the information office for farmers for advice on issues related to the management of agricultural activity in Natura 2000 network areas in Lombardy.
Gestire la Rete Natura 2000
Link to the project website: http://www.life-gestire.eu/
LIFE11 NAT/IT/044 GESTIRE project promotes the development of an integrated regional management for the whole Natura 2000 network of the Lombardy region, thus contributing, in line with the 2020 EU Biodiversity Strategy, to restore and / or maintain a satisfactory state of sites , habitats and species in an area, such as that of Lombardy, particularly subject to settlement and productive strong pressure.
Reduced tillage and green manures for sustainable organic cropping systems
Link al sito di progetto: www.tilman-org.net
The goal of TILMAN – ORG project is to develop systems based on a comprehensive integration of conservation processing and green manure crops in order to make them really practicable also in organic farming. The research activities carried out under the project will focus primarily on the strategies to be implemented to achieve effective weed control, a reduction in greenhouse gases emissions and to optimize the management of crops mineral nutrition.
Reconciling agriculture with environment through a new water governance in coastal and saline areas
Link to the project website: www.wstore2.eu
The main objective of LIFE + 11 ENV / IT / 035 WSTORE2 project is to develop and demonstrate the effectiveness of an innovative rainwater management system in order to ensure the conservation of the environment and economic activities in coastal areas threatened by climate change. The experimentation aims to evaluate the possibility of potting better quality water ( i.e. water with less electrical conductivity) and to make it available to the cultivated and natural areas during dry periods. In this way, it aims to protect natural areas, to allow crops irrigation as well as tourist and recreational activities. The project is developed at Vallevecchia Caorle demonstration farm, where Veneto Agriculture has been carrying out experiments and demonstrations on sustainable agriculture for many years.
AGRICARE Innovative Green Farming
Introducing innovative precision farming techniques in AGRIculture to decrease CARbon Emissions
Link to the project website: www.lifeagricare.eu
The goal of the experiments within LIFE13 ENV/ IT/ 583-AGRICARE project is to combine two forms of agriculture that are deemed able to face the current challenges of agriculture in the third millennium : the Conservation Agriculture and the Precision Agriculture .
The project will demonstrate that the principles of Conservation Agriculture supported by the best electronics, information and communication technology (Precision Agriculture) significantly affect both carbon emissions, reducing greenhouse gases, and on soil protection, promoting the preservation or the increase of organic substance and preventing degradation phenomena. The experimentation carried out at Veneto Agricultureâ€™s Vallevecchia demonstration farm aims to transfer and reproduce the techniques in other Italian and European agricultural systems.