From vision to action: our path to soil health investment
Climate change and global warming have far-reaching implications for our globe and society.
Human-caused global warming directly impacts the increase of extreme weather changes that harm agricultural systems, causing crop failures, food insecurity, and economic instability, endangering human health, worsening biodiversity loss, and disrupting the delicate balance of life on Earth.
One of the best approaches to address global change and environmental sustainability is through the enhancement of soil health. This critical component acts as a powerful carbon sink, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and stabilizing global temperatures while providing essential nutrients for crop growth and reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers, as well as providing a variety of ecosystem services.
InBestSoil is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to provide a framework for investing in soil health. The project emerged from the need to address the degradation of more than half of Europe’s soils, costing an estimated €50 billion annually.
InBestSoil will provide data, evidence, tools, and models to assess how investment in soil health can contribute to the transition to a sustainable and long-term resilient use of soil. Six lighthouses and three living labs, providing a total of nine study areas across four biogeographic regions from Europe (Boreal, Continental, Atlantic, Mediterranean), and different land uses (agriculture, forest, urban, mining), will be used as models for co-creation and co-design. This approach ensures the project’s results are relevant and applicable to various stakeholders and contexts.