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Sustainability Field 1.2.2
Soil

Programmes assigned to this field

MONTABIO Complex monitoring system for analytical detection and biological evaluation of soil micropollutants for a sustainable environment (Komplex monitoring rendszer összeállítása talaj-mikroszennyezők analitikai kimutatására és biológiai értékelésére a fenntartható környezetért)
The objective of this project is to develop a soil contamination monitoring system capable of complex survey of typical soil contaminants using (...)
The objective of this project is to develop a soil contamination monitoring system capable of complex survey of typical soil contaminants using up-to-date sampling and measurement techniques, and therefore, eliminating environmental protection and environmental analytical limitations due to the agricultural focus of the presently functioning Soil Protection and Monitoring Information System.
Hungary Details
  Development of the soil monitoring programme
The goal is to develop soil monitoring programme as a tool for collecting geo-referenced soil data in a harmonized format. Soil monitoring program (...)
The goal is to develop soil monitoring programme as a tool for collecting geo-referenced soil data in a harmonized format. Soil monitoring program can provide detailed guidelines for the establishment of soil monitoring system, tested at area which include all soil types and pattern of use categories, and specially determine vulnerable zones, industrial area, disposal sites, oil exploitation mud pits and other potentially contaminated spots.
Croatia Details
UPB Environmental Probe Database of the German Federation (Umweltprobenbank des Bundes)
Aufgaben und Ziele Im Rahmen der Umweltprobenbank werden systematisch Umweltproben aus repräsentativen Ökosystemen der Bundesrepublik (...)

Aufgaben und Ziele

Im Rahmen der Umweltprobenbank werden systematisch Umweltproben aus repräsentativen Ökosystemen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland gewonnen, charakterisiert und bei Temperaturen unter minus 150° C so gelagert, dass sich die chemische Zusammensetzung ihrer Inhaltsstoffe über Jahrzehnte nicht verändert.

Zur Gewährleistung des hohen wissenschaftlichen Anspruchs an die Umweltprobenbank wurden während der Aufbauphase vorrangig folgende Aufgaben bearbeitet:

 

Die Belegproben der Umweltprobenbank sollen insbesondere für folgende Aufgaben genutzt werden:

  • Kontinuierliche Überwachung der Konzentration gegenwärtig bereits bekannter Schadstoffe durch systematische Charakterisierung (Monitoring) der gewonnenen Proben vor ihrer Archivierung;
  • Trendaussagen über lokale, regionale und globale Entwicklungen der Schadstoffbelastungen auf der Grundlage authentischen Materials aus der Vergangenheit (Trend- und ökotoxikologische Aussagen);
  • Bestimmung der Konzentration von Stoffen, die zur Zeit der Einlagerung (Sicherung) noch nicht als Schadstoffe erkannt waren oder nicht mit ausreichender Genauigkeit analysiert werden konnten (retrospektives Monitoring);
  • Überprüfung früher ermittelter Monitoring-Ergebnisse;
  • Anwendung standardisierter Methodenbeschreibungen (Standardarbeitsanweisungen) für Probentransport, -aufarbeitung, -charakterisierung und -lagerung als notwendige Voraussetzung zur Gewinnung vergleichbarer Ergebnisse;
  • Verwendung als Referenzproben zur Dokumentation der analytischen Leistungsverbesserung.
Germany Details
ADD Federating Programme "Agriculture and Sustainable Development" (Programme Fédératif "Agriculture and Développement Durable")
Agriculture and Sustainable Development (...)
Agriculture and Sustainable Development
France Details
URGENT Urban Regeneration and the Environment (Urban Regeneration and the Environment)
Understanding and tackling environmental issues in urban areas. URGENT was the most ambitious programme of its kind in Europe. Britain's scientists (...)
Understanding and tackling environmental issues in urban areas.
URGENT was the most ambitious programme of its kind in Europe. Britain's scientists and engineers spearheaded 40 research projects into the environment in urban areas in four key areas - air, water, soil and ecology
United Kingdom Details

Projects assigned to this field

ADRICOSM-STAR ADRICOSM integrated river basin and coastal zone management system: Montenegro coaSTal ARea and Bojana river catchment
  The ADRICOSM Partnership was launched as a Type II Initiative at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg in (...)
 
The ADRICOSM Partnership was launched as a Type II Initiative at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg in September 2002, after the Italian Ministry of Territory, Land and Sea had launched ADRICOSM Pilot Project October 2001, within the Adriatic Ionian Initiative
The Partnership aims are:
•efficiently organize, evaluate and coordinate multinational research, development and implementation programs, which can advance the understanding, monitoring and predictive capabilities in the Adriatic Sea area for the establishment of integrated coastal areas and river basin management systems
•consolidate the monitoring and prediction system by involving a large range of intermediate and end users of the research products.
Beside ADRICOSM Pilot Project, 4 more projects have been funded within this framework, and the last of them is ADRICOSM-STAR, within which an Information Management System – the Adricosm-Star GeoPortal - has been implemented in order to
•provide basic services to ADRICOSM STAR partners and users (such as data exchange, data discovery, data viewing, etc..)
•highlight partners products and services through dedicated products’ catalogues
•start the implementation of an INSPIRE compliant Information System (based on discovery service, viewing service, downloading service, transformation service).
 
Italy Details
Es-Wamar ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY MANAGEMENT OF SWINE WASTE BASED ON INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY: A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT SET IN ARAGÓN (SPAIN) 2006. (GESTIÓN MEDIOAMBIENTALMENTE CORRECTA Y SOSTENIBLE DEL PURÍN PORCINO BASADA EN TECNOLOGÍAS INNOVADORAS: PROYECTO DE DEMOSTRACIÓN LLEVADO A CABO EN ARAGÓN (ESPAÑA) 2006.)
ES-WAMAR is a large-scale European demonstration Project on handling swine waste promoted by SODEMASA, the Society for Environmental Development (...)

ES-WAMAR is a large-scale European demonstration Project on handling swine waste promoted by SODEMASA, the Society for Environmental Development in Aragon, and approved by the European Union within the framework of the Life-Environmental Programme.

The Project will be conducted in three different areas, with the same initial problems, such is the large amount of pig waste produced, with several management systems being proposed in keeping with the specific characteristics of each area.

As alternative to the management of swine waste, the valorisation of the livestock waste is prioritized as nutrients recycling in farmlands, and later, when it does not exist enough farmland area available, swine waste is treated biologically.

Spain Details
IMPACT BOREAL Impact of climate hydrology and methane production in anaerobic soils in boreal regions (Impact of climate hydrology and methane production in anaerobic soils in boreal regions)
In this project, we propose a multi-tool approach to quantify the impact of climate change on the continental hydrology in boreal regions and on the (...)
In this project, we propose a multi-tool approach to quantify the impact of climate change on the continental hydrology in boreal regions and on the related CH4 emission. The final objective is to estimate the evolution of methane emissions related to boreal wetlands during the 21st century.
France Details
iTEAM integrated Transportation and Energy Activity-based Model (Modelo Integrado para Simulação de Politicas Energeticas e Ambientais)
 This research project proposes to develop an integrated model of land use, transportation, and energy for the evaluation of a range of “green (...)

 This research project proposes to develop an integrated model of land use, transportation, and energy for the evaluation of a range of “green policies” aiming at enhancing sustainability and well-being. The model will include both individual/household

Portugal Details
LIFE PRIORAT Making compatible mountain viticulture development with European Landscape Convention objectives (Life Priorat)
The project successfully demonstrated a 'Mountain Viticulture Sustainable Management System' – a methodology with four aims: minimisation of (...)
The project successfully demonstrated a 'Mountain Viticulture Sustainable Management System' – a methodology with four aims: minimisation of environmental impacts, conservation/improvement of the landscape, quality control for grapes and wine, and increased productivity to improve economic performance.
The system was tested in three viticulture establishments in the areas of Priorat and Empordà (both in Catalonia, Spain) and the Côtes du Rhône (southern France). Assessments showed the project had "exceeded expectations in many ways."

The project employed a number of specific innovative techniques:
Introduction of a terracing system that reduces the width of terraces by around 65 percent, and their slope by up to 60 percent, hence reducing the visual impact of terraces. This is accompanied by innovative vine architectures that follow topographic characteristics;

The terracing system also allows vegetation cover to be increased by as much as 80 percent, and includes a drainage system for rainwater. This was found to significantly reduce soil erosion;

Increasing the vegetation cover also had benefits for the organic content of soil, thus maintaining the soil's fertility;

The improved irrigation system meant the use of fertilisers and herbicides could be reduced;

Installation of subsurface drip irrigation systems meant water consumption could be cut by as much as 85 percent;

Use of a number of monitoring devices and technologies, such as dendrometers, moisture sensors and sensors to determine the temperature of soil, and weather forecasting software, which can be used to determine precisely when pesticides, if any, should be applied.


The project found that the maximum benefits are obtained if all techniques are used jointly – in other words, if 'comprehensive viticulture management' is applied, a start towards a more sustainable culture of wine production is achieved.

It was found that, employing the methodology, high quality grapes could be produced at the same or higher levels of productivity as traditional systems, therefore improving margins. Economic benefits were also derived from reduced consumption of water, energy and chemical products. Introducing the Mountain Viticulture Sustainable Management System does involve up-front investment, but, in the long term, assessments have shown this is economically viable, and can even lead to higher incomes and employment creation.

The methodology is transferable and could have great significance in particular for the conservation of natural resources in Mediterranean regions (usually wine production areas), and for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention (see: www.coe.int/EuropeanLandscapeConvention). The project developed free software that can be used in terracing design, and produced a handbook of good practices, which is also available at www.forumambiental.org. In terms of transferability, these are expected to play an important role. Future activities could see the adaptation of the methodology and techniques to other types of wine-making area (e.g. non-Mediterranean areas) or to other mountain crops.

The partners in the project are committed to continuing the use of the techniques, and to studying the results of the pilot projects over a three to four year period. This will allow collection of complementary data, in particular on long-term impacts.

Overall, the project represents a step forward in a 'new thinking' about viticulture and viniculture, based on the management of grape and wine quality using new methodologies/technologies and scientific knowledge.

Further information on the project can be found in the project's layman report and After-LIFE Communication Plan (see "Read more" section).
This project has been selected as one of the 17 "Best" LIFE Environment projects in 2008-2009.
Spain Details
MEPSOM Multiscale Modeling and Emergent Properties of Microbial degradation of Soil Organic Matter (Modélisation multi-échelles et propriétés émergentes de la dégradation microbienne des matières organiques dans les sols)
Multiscale Modeling and Emergent Properties of Microbial degradation of Soil Organic Matter (...)
Multiscale Modeling and Emergent Properties of Microbial degradation of Soil Organic Matter
France Details
CISAZP Nationwide Information System for Environmental Pollution Data Collection and Assessments (Celostátní informační systém pro sběr a hodnocení informací o znečištění životního prostředí )
The main objective of the Nationwide Information System for Environmental Pollution Data Collection and Assessments is to comprehensively contribute (...)
The main objective of the Nationwide Information System for Environmental Pollution Data Collection and Assessments is to comprehensively contribute to environmental protection and improvement in the Czech Republic through digitalizing work and systematically acquiring and evaluating information. This is a current prerequisite for economic growth within sustainable development. The main users of the new information system will include public authorities and institutions; nevertheless, the system will also be open to the general public.

The advantages and benefits of the project are substantially higher transparency, consistency and the efficiency of relationships between businesses, public administration, the general public and the environmental sector.
The information system will include three main parts within separate project tasks: An Integrated System for Fulfilling Information Duties (ISPOP), the Environmental Helpdesk and the Geoportal.


Czech Republic Details
MODECOL Using mathematical MODeling to improve ECOLogical services of prairial ecosystems (Using mathematical MODeling to improve ECOLogical services of prairial ecosystems )
The project MODELCOL is integrated in the framework of the urgent need for solutions for compensating human deterioration of the environment. New (...)
The project MODELCOL is integrated in the framework of the urgent need for solutions for compensating human deterioration of the environment. New environmental policies point out natural ecosystems as key elements for providing ecological services such as water purification, soil detoxification, climate regulation and advocate for the creation of new ecosystems (as surrogates for the degraded natural systems) for increasing their positive effect on the environment. The design of such new ecosystems needs to be optimized for providing the best ecological services. The project MODECOL aims at developing an hybrid model, sufficiently realistic, that will simulate a prairial ecosystem (modelled through IBM) correlated through feedbacks to environmental conditions (modelled through PDEs). This approach aims to provide a virtual laboratory for testing ecological hypothesis on complex ecological systems.
France Details

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