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LIFE HelpSoil : Helping enhanced soil functions and adaptation to climate change by sustainable conservation agriculture techniques

Description:

The project intent is to test and demonstrate innovative solutions and soil management practices to improve soil quality, and to make agricultural systems more resilient against climate change. This helps ensure that crops can resist environmental stresses, reduces erosion and soil susceptibility to compaction, improves the ability of soils to act as a filter and buffer against pollutants, and boosts soil biodiversity. Better soil management can therefore contribute significantly to increasing the resilience of terrestrial ecosystems in the face of climate change.
The project will cover the whole Po plain and the Alpine and Apennine foot-hills in the North of Italy.
In a number of farms, conservation practices and innovative techniques will be applied to improve the ecological functions of soil - organic carbon sequestration, soil fertility and biodiversity, protection against erosion –, increase the efficiency of irrigation, improve the efficiency of fertilisers (in particular livestock manure) and limit the use of pesticides.

Project information

Lead
Lombardia Region - DG Agricoltura, Italy
Partners

Centro Ricerche Produzioni Animali-CRPA S.p.A., Italy ERSAF, Italy Regione Emilia Romagna-DG Agricoltura, Economia Ittica, Attività Faunistico-Venatorie, Italy Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia–Direzione centrale risorse rurali, agroalimentari e forestali, Italy Regione Piemonte-DG Agricoltura, Italy Regione del Veneto-Direzione Agroambiente Veneto Agricoltura, Italy

Source of funding
LIFE12 ENV/IT/000578

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Keywords

agricultural method‚ soil erosion‚ preventive measure

Duration

01-JUL-2013 to 30-JUN -2017

Climate impacts

Droughts, Extreme Temperatures, Water Scarcity

Elements

Adaptation Measures and Actions

Sectors

Biodiversity, Forestry

Geographic characterization

Europe

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