Caring about the future

RECARE - Preventing and Remediating degradation of soils in Europe through Land
Coordinator - Coen Ritsema
CESAM Responsible researcher - Jan Jacob Keizer
Programme - EU-FP7 - European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme
Execution dates - 2013-11-01 - 2018-10-31 (60 Months)
Funding Entity - European Commission
Funding for CESAM - 541676.8 €
Total Funding - 10917791.27 €
Proponent Institution - Wageningen University (WU), The Netherlands
Participating Institutions
Universidade de Aveiro
UAveiro - ESTGA: Prof. Doutora Luísa Pereira (

Technical University of Crete
Aarhus Universitet
Universitat de Valencia Estudi General
Cyprus Institute Limited
Bioforsk, the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research
Soil Conservation Service of Iceland
Centre for Development and Environment CDE, University of Bern
Environment Agency Austria
ISRIC World Soil Information
Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
Ecologic Institute
University of Leeds
ALTERRA, Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (DLO)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
Institutul National de Cercetare Dezvoltare pentru Pedologie, Agrochimie si Protectia Mediului
Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation
University of Gloucestershire
Research Institute for Knowlegde Systems B.V. (RIKS)
Cranfield University
University of Padova
Kongskilde Industries

Project Description

RECARE Although there is a large body of knowledge available on soil threats in Europe, this knowledge is fragmented and incomplete, in particular regarding the complexity and functioning of soil systems and their interaction with human activities. The main aim of RECARE is therefore 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.

Within these 17 Case Study sites, i) the current state of degradation and conservation will be assessed using a new methodology, based on the WOCAT mapping procedure, ii) impacts of degradation and conservation on soil functions and ecosystem services will be quantified in a harmonized, spatially explicit way, accounting for costs and benefits, and possible trade-offs, iii) prevention, remediation and restoration measures selected and implemented by stakeholders in a participatory process will be evaluated regarding efficacy, and iv) the applicability and impact of these 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. Existing national and EU policies will be reviewed and compared to identify potential incoherence, contradictions and synergies. Policy messages will be formulated based on the Case Study results and their integration at European level.

A comprehensive dissemination and communication strategy, including the development of a web-based Dissemination and Communication Hub, will accompany the other activities to ensure that project results are disseminated to a variety of stakeholders at the right time and in the appropriate formats to stimulate renewed care for European soils.

Project webpage

CESAM members on this project

Consultant UA
Celeste Coelho

João Puga
Oscar Gonzalez Pelayo
Research Fellow
Sandra M. Valente


CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020


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