Leading the Transition towards Healthy Soils
The European Mission Soil Week is a significant European gathering that brings together the European soil community. The event will provide an opportunity to communicate and disseminate solutions based on the latest research results and innovations for promoting healthy soils.
The European Mission Soil Week 2023 is organized by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) in the context of the Horizon Europe Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’ (Mission Soil), together with the EU-funded project (PREPSOIL) and the Joint Research Centre – EU Soil Observatory (EUSO). NBSOIL is proud to be a part of Mission Soil and contribute to achieving healthier soils in Europe.
This year’s edition of the event will take place from November 21 to 23, 2023, in Madrid under the Spanish Presidency of the EU Council and will be hosted by INIA-CSIC at the central facilities of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). A wide variety of stakeholders, including researchers, policymakers, farmers, spatial planners, landowners, land managers, and businesses, will convene to discuss the challenges and opportunities for maintaining and enhancing soil health in the EU.
This inaugural edition of the European Mission Soil Week is particularly significant in the context of the proposed EU Directive on Soil Monitoring and Resilience. The Commission’s proposal was published on July 5, 2023, with the aim of ensuring healthy soils by 2050, closely aligning with the goals of Mission Soil and the support it can provide in achieving the objectives promoted by the Directive.
On Tuesday, 21 November, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Grzegorz Siebielec, NBSOIL Project Coordinator from IUNG will participate into “Farming practices for soil health” in Breakout Room 3. Then, on Wednesday, 22 November, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Javier Montellano, NBSOIL Project Manager from REVOLVE will be speaking in Breakout Room 5 to explore “Knowledge transfer to farmers’ advisors”.
Soil health is of paramount importance on the EU’s political agenda. The European Green Deal and other policies recognize soil health as an essential element for achieving their objectives, including climate neutrality, preventing desertification and land degradation, and reversing biodiversity loss. This first edition of the European Mission Soil Week adds momentum to the ongoing efforts to improve soil health and provides a platform to discuss how soil health, related innovations, experimentation, demonstration, monitoring, increased public awareness, and citizen engagement through the Mission Soil can contribute to the green transition.
Don’t miss it! Register now in the link below. Please note that the deadline to register for in-person attendance is October 29.