European roadmap

EJP SOIL is developing Year 1's roadmap. This implies making an inventory of the research gaps and of the knowledge needed to be gathered, developed, shared, harmonized and applied to reach the EJP SOIL expected impacts.  A first prioritization for these different impacts has shown that there is a need to create a Europe wide stocktake, and create a base line of the current State-of-the- Art or State-of-Affairs.  To identify the research needs a 5-step approach is developed. The developed knowledge will feed the two first expected impacts:

Expected Impact 1: Fostering understanding of soil management and its influence on climate mitigation and adaptation, sustainable agricultural production and environment

Expected Impact 2: Understanding how soil carbon sequestration can contribute to climate change mitigation at regional level including accounting for carbon

The roadmap under developement integrates National Hub workshop results, synthesis of research activities and stocktake activities. The roadmap will be a fully endorsed roadmap, engaging and committing member states and stakeholders across Europe in joining forces to collaborate on relevant research and complementary activities with respect to Agricultural Soil Management.   

5-Step approach

  1. Identify aspirations at regional, national and European level and provide storylines on futures in interaction with stakeholders. This includes the identification of agricultural soil services and soil functions and the main drivers affecting them and the prioritization of agricultural soil services depending on relevant regional conditions and farming systems. For this process the National Hubs will be involved.
  2. Identify regional, national and Europe wide barriers and opportunities for further harmonization and collaboration of research, data, training and education, adoption and awareness of the use of climate-smart sustainable agricultural soil management across partner organizations and member states in a multi-actor approach. At the EU level this process will be organized by engaging stakeholders in the EJP SOIL Scientific and Stakeholder Advisory Board to identify the aspirations for agricultural soil services for all relevant scales. Furthermore, the state of the art of current knowledge and its use will be assessed through stocktaking activities.
  3. Integration with current soil related knowledge and activities  to develop scenarios for future knowledge management across all member states to identifying the optimal scenarios. This includes research, capacity building, networks, databases, application and policies. The scenario building will involve selected stakeholders who have regional, national and EU knowledge about soil resource use and governance conditions. 
  4. The obtained insights will provide input to the EJP SOIL roadmap that defines the topics that will be put in internal and external calls.
  5. Findings in performed projects during EJP SOIL will be incorporated to define new, more focused topics for the calls to come in the next year.