European roadmap

The roadmap outlines key research and capacity building priorities  

The roadmap outlines key research and capacity building priorities, supports soil data harmonisation, policy-making and knowledge implementation.

It is developed for the domain of agricultural soil management and relevant for realising EU agricultural, climate and environmental policy goals.

The roadmap links to key stakeholders across EU. The activities focus on streamlining current research within EU and among member states and identifying knowledge gaps that need to be closed.

The roadmap engages and commits member states and stakeholders across Europe in joining forces to collaborate on relevant research and complementary activities with respect to Agricultural Soil Management. This includes the identification of aspirational targets at regional, national and European level, overview of the current situation of knowledge, identification of barriers and opportunities, synthesis of key soil related issues, and building and updating the roadmap and drafting calls scope.  

Workflow and timeline of the EJP SOIL programme

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.