2016 Theme: “Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life”
That is why the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) dedicates this year's World Soil Day to pulses. Also, owing to their nutritional benefits, 2016 was declared the International Year of Pulses.
The campaign aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness on their critical importance in our lives.
Soil is an essential resource and a vital part of the natural environment from which most of the global food is produced.
At the same time, soil provides living space for humans, as well as essential ecosystem services, which are important for water regulation and supply, climate regulation, biodiversity conservation, carbon sequestration and cultural services. But soils are under pressure from increases in population, higher demands for food and competing land uses. Approximately 33% of our global soils are degraded and policy makers around the world are exploring opportunities to embrace sustainable development via the sustainable development goals.
The SoilCare project is also working on the quality of soil. You can download the SoilCare/RECARE press release in Dutch HERE and the English version HERE.
On Tuesday and Wednesday September 13th and 14th, the Work Package Leaders (WPL) and the coordination team met in Rhenen (NL) for the Work Package Leader meeting. WPL meetings, that are held twice a year, are held to discuss the progress in the different work packages and to exchange information about project planning and management issues in the project.
The progress of the first 6 months of the project were discussed and information exchanged. Further agreements regarding the planning of the project were made.
The Work Package Leaders agreed to the proposal of the coordination team of adding a Study Site representative to the Scientific Board (SB). Jannes Stolte (NIBIO, NO) and Chris Stoate (GWCT, UK) volunteered to take part in the SB as Study Site representatives. The idea is that these two members will attend the WPL meetings alternately. Both candidates will be officially appointed after the final approval of the General Assemblee (all project partners). An online vote will be organised in due time.
The meeting notes will be made available on this website as soon as possible.
On Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning 13 and 14 September 2016, the first Work Package Leader (WPL) meeting of the SoilCare project will be held.
The venue will be hotel/restaurant ''t Paviljoen', in Rhenen, the Netherlands. WPL meetings are intended for consultation between Work Package leaders and the coordination team, and are organised inbetween plenary meetings.
The meeting agenda and PowerPoint template for the meeting can be downloaded using the link HERE (Zip file, 1.4Mb)
The first WP3 training was about explaining the multi-stakeholder approach, selecting stakeholders in the study sites and creation of advisory panels (Task 3.1).
Stakeholder selections by WP3 forms the cornerstone of the multi-stakeholder approach, and will start by establishing multi-stakeholder advisory panels in each Study Site in collaboration with study site teams. With training and guidance from the WP3 team, a stakeholder analysis will be conducted in close collaboration with these stakeholder advisory panels, to identify relevant workshop participants, including those who may typically be marginalised from decisionmaking processes (and in selected sites, interviewees). These advisory panels will also provide information on the information needs that different stakeholder groups have. Stakeholder involvement in other WPs (e.g. participatory development of scenarios in WP6) will also be supported through guidance and internal training from the WP3 team.
A detailed report from the Newcastle meeting can be donwloaded by clicking HERE.