Conference on SmartSOIL: Sustainable soil management aimed at reducing threats to soils under climate change 

Date: 30 September 2015
Where: Halles des Tanneurs, Brussels. 

The conference will conclude the 4-year research project funded by the 7th Framework Programme. 

Farming practices that lead to declining returns and inputs of carbon (C) to soils pose a threat to soil health and ecosystem services that soils deliver. In the SmartSOIL project, an innovative approach using the soil C flow and stocks concept has been used to assess the impact of C management on crop productivity, soil organic C stocks and other ecosystem services. The project has developed a decision support toolbox to enable farmers, advisors and policy makers to discuss and select the most appropriate and cost-effective practices for different farming systems and regions in Europe. 

The final conference of the SmartSOIL project is structured in two parts, and attendance for one or both parts of the programme is welcome: 
1. The morning session (9:30 – 14:10) will highlight the key messages on the impact of soil management practices on crop productivity, soil organic C stocks and other ecosystem services. Moreover, the SmartSOIL decision support toolbox for farmers, advisors and policy makers will be introduced and demonstrated.  
2. The afternoon session (14:10 – 17:20) will offer a forum to discuss project implications for policy and practitioners, including innovative approaches and policy options for promoting beneficial management practices.  

Further information on the conference, registration, logistics and accommodation can be found on the project website.

This 1-day conference is free of charge and offers opportunities for exchange and networking for up to 100 participants from all over Europe. The event will bring together representatives of the European Commission, European Parliament, farmer unions and advisory services, NGOs, Member States and regional authorities, as well as researchers.   

Published: 07/07/15

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