Measures to achieve impact


EI.1

From its very start, the EJP SOIL endeavours to make a highly inter-disciplinary assessment of state-of-the-art research, networks and projects in the field of agricultural soil management and to better structure and disseminate this knowledge, while addressing key knowledge gaps through synthesis activities and new research projects.

A georeferenced data base of agricultural soil management practices coupled with georeferenced agricultural soil information will allow to understand the impact of policies and of climate change on soil properties and functions.

Appropriate dissemination tools will allow reaching the diversity of stakeholders identified from the very start of the project (WP9). The EJP SOIL website will serve as structured knowledge repository for researchers and all stakeholders. The EJP reviews will serve as benchmark syntheses and as a reference for extension services to compare existing practices and align on the most successful ones.

The creation of a network of long-term experiments will foster interest and facilitate understanding by a diversity of stakeholders of the effect of agricultural soil management on climate mitigation and adaptation, sustainable agricultural production and environment.   


EI.2

Making available a stocktaking of models and tools for carbon accounting in different countries and research derived proposals for new carbon accounting systems and tools will help EU countries to report more accurately and at a lower cost.

The harmonisation of agricultural soil information will allow to produce much better regionalscale estimates of soil carbon and soil carbon n sequestration potential from existing national data, thus improving the EU accounting of soil carbon.


EI.3

The EJP SOIL will create a strong collaborative framework for European scientists involved in the programme and their third parties. More specifically, a MoU will be issued to agree upon adequate funding for overarching activities that are not perceived by researchers as usually bringing direct benefits, but which will structure the EJP SOIL community, strengthen scientific cooperation and ensure long-term sustainability of the action. Among these overarching activities, training of young scientists will significantly contribute to the objectives mentioned above.


EI.4

By engaging with European and national institutions at the various levels of the EJP governance, the EJP SOIL will lower barriers to implementation of harmonised agricultural soil information and reporting practices.


EI.5

The programme will involve all stakeholders since the programme onset. The EJP SOIL will capture needs and address them in a multi-actor approach to give all stakeholders ownership over the methodology and outcomes and facilitate their uptake.

Targeted dissemination activities will be organised to train practitioners and to show the relevance and added value of new management practices.

The EJP SOIL will issue demand-driven policy recommendations to set a framework that will provide incentives for implementation of innovative management practices relevant to all practitioners.   


EI.6

An inventory of how soil properties are accounted for in fertilization guidelines in the different EU countries will help improving and harmonising context-specific fertilisation guidelines.

National communication representatives will ensure that the most relevant information for practitioners will be translated in the languages of the targeted users.