Patricia Mora, CEO of Innogestiona Ambiental, participated today April 13, 2021 in the online seminar “Healthy soils for Europe: sustainable management through knowledge and practice” organized by the European Innovation Partnership on Agricultural Productivity & Sustainability (EIP-AGRI). The overall aim of the seminar is to raise awareness and address practical soil management challenges and solutions to enhance soil health.
Patricia Mora’s contribution has been realized in a panel discussion with farmers and advisers involved in soil health initiatives, such as the European LIFE Live Adapt project, in which Innogestiona Ambiental participates as a partner and which Patricia Mora has represented in the seminar. Patricia has talked about soil resilience and climate change and, above all, the need for specific advice and training for farmers on techniques for adapting extensive livestock to climate change, taking as reference some of the innovative actions that are being developed within the framework of the Live Adapt.
Healthy soils are fundamental to the sustainable production of food, feed and fibre. In addition, healthy soils provide many other functions that contribute to human well-being such as water filtering, carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling and biodiversity conservation. Soil health is affected by unsustainable management practices. These include frequent tillage, which accelerates soil organic matter loss, incorrect use of agrochemicals, which leads to soil and water pollution, and irrigation practices causing salinisation problems.
Climate change may also affect soils in different ways. More frequent heavy rainfalls and drought periods can increase erosion, nutrient and pollutant leaching, soil carbon losses and soil salinisation. On the positive side, practices improving soil health can mitigate or even reverse these negative effects, including the impacts of climate change.
This interactive event is dedicated to exchanging practical solutions to soil health problems, and discussing what needs to be done for farms to take them up. The specific objectives of the seminar are:
- Raise awareness of the importance of soil health and introduce various EU initiatives undertaken to preserve it, such as European Joint Programme SOIL y and the proposed EU mission “Caring for Soil is Caring for Life”.
- Promote and build upon the results and outcomes of past EIP-AGRI networking activities such as Focus Groups on soil-related issues and relevant workshops.
- Share experiences and good practices to maintain soil health, identified by relevant projects, research activities and farmers.
- Identify synergies between different types of projects working on soil health and encourage further cooperation among participants through networking.
- Discuss challenges and solutions for soil health and identify what is needed to make these solutions operational for farmers, foresters and other land managers, and make them widely used/adopted.
And all, in the frame of a new public consultation on the EU Soil Strategy launched seeking input on challenges and opportunities regarding land and soil ecosystems which deliver such valuable services such as the provision of food and carbon sequestration.