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Supporting World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD17) - 17th June 2017

RECARE - Halting the desertification of Iceland's fragile sols


RECARE scientisst visiting desertification restoration area below the Hella volcano (Photo@ Erik van den Elsen)In the battle to save the planet’s soil from desertification, the black volcanic sands below Iceland’s largest active volcano seems an unlikely place to start. The RECARE project, funded by the European Union, is involved in finding and sharing solutions to soil threats across Europe and recently the project scientists visited the RECARE case study site in Iceland to learn more about the efforts to halt the soil threat of desertification.

Our host Johann Thorsson from the Icelandic Soil Conservation Service (SCSI) explains that Mount Hella (pronounced HeK-la) is overdue for an eruption. Sensors are detecting that the mountain is swelling with magma entering its upper chambers, but that should not distract from the business of restoring the soil as demonstrated in the trial plot. Johann and his team are experimenting with ways in which to halt the desertification of Iceland and to restore the fertility and health they have not had for several centuries. Prior to settlement, Iceland, like many islands colonised by humans with axes and followed by sheep, was not as it appears today. The first people found an island covered with trees, some of which stood at over 10 metres and were later used for building boats. Underpinning these verdant forests was a soil that was both fertile and protected from the vicissitudes of Iceland’s weather.

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Video on soil compaction from RECARE Danish Case Study

A video from an event held at the RECARE Danish Case Study on techniques to minimise soil compaction is now available to watch here.  The video is narrated by Per Schjønning, the Case Study leader, who explains some of the causes of soil compaction and the work of the RECARE project in finding solutions to minimise this soil threat.  The video is in Danish with English subtitles

For more information about the soil threat of compaction visit our soil compaction web page or contact Per Schjonning This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Fifth RECARE Newsletter Now Available

Newsletter5 frontThe fifth RECARE newsletter is now available and can be downloaded here. This edition covers:

  1. Details of new Review Report on EU Policies Towards Soil Protection.

  2. Case Study Focus: Norway and Slovakia - preventing floods and landslides

  3. Soil Threat Feature: Decline of Soil Organic Matter in Peat Soils

  4. RECARE Publications Trees

  5. RECARE at Conferences and Events