Jane Mills talks to Faye Hatcher on BBC Radio Gloucestershire about the importance of soil and how it is often forgotten and undervalued as a global resource
World Soil Day is the one day in the year that the United Nations asks us all to think about the role of soil in our daily lives and how it protects us from many environmental problems. Today we talk about how the RECARE project has gathered scientists from across Europe to find practical answers to sustaining healthy soil.
5th December, is World Soil Day – the one day in the year that the United Nations asks us all to think about the role of soil in our daily lives. The CCRI has been collaborating on two major EU funded projects, SoilCare and RECARE, to investigate how soil quality can be improved.
Soil is always at the forefront of Jane Mills’ research and this coming week it is indeed all about soil as she attends various workshops and meetings around Europe to discuss soil issues.
CCRI has welcomed the recent report from the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee on Soil Health, which states that soil is often overlooked as an essential component to human life. Read Jane Mills’ blog about CCRI’s work in the challenge to address soil degradation.
Jane Mills and Chris Short co-authored a journal article that has just been published in Ecological Indicators. The paper has free access until 14th June, 2016.
Matt Reed has been walking the terraces of Cyprus where a team from The Cyprus Institute, as part of the RECARE project, are investigating the role of terraces in preserving the soil. In this blog, Matt talks about the traditions of cultivation of mountain terraces and the the challenge to produce and sell food in a way that develops livelihoods and sustains the environment. Matt was accompanied by Jane Mills.
The CCRI is one of 27 project partners working on RECARE – a 5 year EU project which is looking at measures to prevent and remediate against soil degradation in Europe. RECARE has just published its December 2015 Newsletter.
Although World Soil Day on 5th December 2015 marks the ending of the International Year of Soils, scientists will still be working to find solutions to protect our soils, including a team from the CCRI.
Jane Mills is representing the EU funded project RECARE at the European network on Soil Awareness (ENSA) conference at the Milan Expo