The RECARE project aims to develop effective prevention, remediation and restoration measures using an innovative trans-disciplinary approach, actively integrating and advancing knowledge of stakeholders and scientists in 17 case studies, covering a range of soil threats in different bio-physical and socio-economic environments across Europe. In the RECARE case studies the following activities have been or are taking place:
- The current state of degradation and conservation has been assessed using a new methodology, based on the WOCAT mapping procedure,
- The relevant soil conservation measures and policy approaches in case studies have been identified, using WOCAT questionnaires
- Impacts of degradation and conservation on soil functions and ecosystem services will be quantified in a harmonised, spatially explicit way, accounting for costs and benefits, and possible trade-offs,
- Prevention, remediation and restoration measures that have been selected and are being implemented / tested will be evaluated regarding efficacy by stakeholders in a participatory process, and
- The applicability and impact of these RECARE measures at the European level will be assessed using a new integrated bio-physical and socio-economic model, accounting for land use dynamics as a result of for instance economic development and policies.