Stikkord: Nitrogen og nitrogenfiksering

Abating N in Nordic agriculture – Policy, measures and way forward

During the past twenty years, the Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway) have introduced a range of measures to reduce losses of nitrogen (N) to air and to aquatic environment by leaching and runoff. However, the agricultural sector is still an important N source to the environment, and projections indicate relatively small emission reductions in the coming years.

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Jordsmonnstatistikk Norge

This report presents soil statistics for agricultural land in Norway. Soil data from the soil survey form the basis of the statistics. The survey is done as a sample survey on 0.9 km2 plots, in a predefined 9x9 km2 grid system. Hence, the statistics for Norway is an estimate. The area distribution of a number of topics is presented (both in decares (1 decare = 0,1 hectare) and percent). Soil properties vary between different regions in Norway, mostly due to a big variety between the soil forming factors. This variation must be taken into account in the management of the soil resource, for the soil to maintain the functions for producing food in a sustainable way.

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Preventing and remediating degradation of soils in Europe through Land Care

Soils in the European Union are an essential yet often undervalued and degraded resource. Soils deliver numerous important functions and ecosystem services, including, for example, water and nutrient cycling, biomass and food production, or habitats for species. At the same time, soils are affected by a range of degradation processes, in particular: erosion, floods and landslides, loss of soil organic matter, salinisation, contamination, compaction, sealing, and loss of soil biodiversity (COM 2006).

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