RECARE research on Soil and Ecosystem Services to be presented at the 5th International EcoSummit


Teodoro Marañón from Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Seville will be presenting some RECARE findings at the 5th International EcoSummit - Ecological Sustainability: Engineering Change in Montpelier, France from 29th August to 1st September 2016.   Teodoro, who is responsible for the RECARE case study looking at soil contamination in Guadiamar, Spain, will be presenting some results from the case study, including information about the RECARE Ecosystem Services (ESS) framework and the RECARE review paper on soils and ecosystem services

The session on Soil-plant interactions and soil ecosystem services delivery will focus on soil-plant interactions for the delivery of soil ecosystem services (ESS) such as: nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, water retention, soil erosion, and soil fertility. The session will focus on marginal lands (nutrient poor, abandoned and polluted) since these remain unexploited for the moment. The hypothesis is that growing biomass on such land (as compared to leaving this land bare) increases ESS delivery. Given the huge total surface area of such land worldwide, this might actually result in large significant increases in ESS delivery. Moreover, given the increasing world population, marginal lands are the most suitable areas for biomass agriculture, thus leaving agricultural land available for food production. The core objective of this session will be to answer three questions: (1) how can the relationships linking soil functional biodiversity and ESS be defined; (2) how can the indirect value of soil ESS delivery be assessed, and (3) what are the policy implications of increasing the delivery of soil ESS


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Poster on RECARE UK Case Study site presented at Organic Phosphorus Workshop

Tandra Fraser from the University of Reading, along with colleagues from CSIC, Spain and University of Bournmouth, provided details of research that is being undertaken in the RECARE UK case study in a poster at the Organic Phosphorus Workshop.  The Workshop held in the Lake District, England between 5th and 9th September 2016 aimed to bring scientists together to share ideas and innovation on the subject of “Organic Phosphorus in the Environment:  Solutions for Phosphorus Security”.

More details about the UK RECARE Case study can be found here, or you can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tandra Fraser directly.

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Leverton 2016NEW Open Access article on applying a stakeholder identification method in the RECARE project

An Open Access article from the RECARE project has recently been published in the journal of Sustainability Science.  The article presents a novel methodology for identifying stakeholders for the purpose of engaging with them in transdisciplinary, sustainability research projects.  The methodology is based on an approach used to identify stakeholders in each of the 17 RECARE case studies.    For more information about this paper please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

FrameworkRECARE ecosystem services framework for soil presented at the EU Ecosystem Services Conference in Antwerp.

Simone Verzandvoort and and Hedwig van Delden both presented the RECARE ecosystem services framework for soil in separate sessions at the EU Ecosystem Services 'Helping Nature to help us' conference in Antwerp on 19-23 September 2016 .  Simone explained how the soil-related ecosystem services framework will be used with the RECARE case study stakeholders, whilst Hedwig's presentation explained how the application of the framework can support European policies.   More details about the RECARE soil-related ecosytem services framework can be found in the report here, or in a journal article here.