Soil4life - an alliance pact with farmers on sustainable land use (IT)


The new Soil4life soil protection project coordinated by Legambiente and, among others, partners like CREA, ISPRA and the Milan Polytechnic has been  launched in Rome on 6 December.

Soil4Life is a European project that involves not only Italian partners, but also French and Croatian ones. Its aims is to promote sustainable land use as a strategic, limited and non-renewable resource. A goal in line with the commitment signed by the European countries at the United Nations adhering to the global sustainability objectives (Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs).

Co-financed by the European Commission through the Life program, Soil4Life involves associations and research institutions convinced that the soil must be preserved with concrete actions and policies, supported by analyses and data monitoring its ecological status. Soil4Life pursues the application of the Voluntary Guidelines for sustainable soil management promoted by FAO, adapting them to national, regional and local contexts, and provides information and support to territorial planning involving the agricultural sector and sector professionals (agronomists, geologists, urban planners and designers). Soil4Life also aims to increase citizens' awareness about soil protection and raise awareness among national and EU institutions of the need to adopt appropriate regulations to stop land use and prevent its degradation.

Among the specific project objectives:

  • Improve governance of land-use decision-making processes at national, regional and local level;
  • Provide decision makers and stakeholders with all the information for soil protection and planning support tools;
  • Increase the knowledge and awareness of farmers and the agricultural world on the role of agriculture in soil protection
  • Increase knowledge and awareness of the world of freelancers (agronomists, architects, geologists and surveyors) on the soil problem;
  • Increase citizens' consent to policies in favor of soil protection;
  • Raise awareness among community institutions and other member states about the need to adopt adequate regulations to reduce land consumption and to promote sustainable use;
  • Promote the reduction of land consumption in urban planning;
  • Increase awareness of farms and stakeholders (institutions, technicians, citizenship), with respect to ecosystem services generated by the adoption of appropriate practices to maintain or restore adequate organic carbon content in agricultural soils.

The program and other details can be downloaded HERE

Source: Green Planet