SOILPRO: a LIFE+ project implementing soil monitoring andprotection together with regional stakeholders of Sicily andPeloponnese

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Abstract

According to the Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection, the LIFE+ ENV/IT/00428SOILPRO project (http://www.soilpro.eu) has the overall objective of slowing down theprogress of soil degradation in EU Member States, and supporting local and regionalauthorities (LRAs) in the identification and monitoring of risk areas. The monitoring ofthe on-going soil degradation processes and the evaluation of different protectionmeasures are realized through a web-based application (SMS – Soil Monitoring System),developed according to data and knowledge obtained from the different projectpartners.The SMS was initially applied on the whole Sicily (Italy) and Peloponnese (Greece)regions and then tested on two pilot areas: the south-western part of Sicily and thePrefecture of Corinth. Although the two study areas belong to the same Mediterraneanregion, they are very different in terms of political and administrative organization. Theemployment of SMS in such different contexts, will encourage its implementation inother EU Member States and Regions.The knowledge of intensity and localization of degradation processes permits a betterdefinition and application of the protection measures aimed at maintaining the soils ingood agronomical and environmental condition. Moreover, it also supports thedevelopment and implementation of future soil and environmental policy, and thetraining of LRAs’ technical staff, farmers and other potential stakeholders.Finally, the effectiveness of the applied soil conservation measures is evaluated, and acampaign to stimulate public awareness on soil degradation processes has beenlaunched.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine0
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2011

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