The NBSOIL Newsletter, Issue #3, October 2023 🌱
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Newsletter #3 | October 2023

Barcelona, 17.10.2023

In this edition of the newsletter, we are highlighting NBSOIL project updates, important articles and valuable resources to stay up to date in the world of soil restoration. So, sit back, relax and let’s dive into the world of soil together! 

The second NBSOIL meeting takes place in Vienna

The 2nd NBSoil project meeting took place in sunny Vienna, Austria, on 27-29 September 2023 at Gregor-Mendel-Haus, BOKU. We were thrilled to gather with partners to delve into soil health and project objectives! Big thanks to the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) team for hosting this event.
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NBSOIL joins a field trip in Austria

Field trips are pathways to knowledge expansion, nurturing personal growth and exploring ideas beyond theory. The NBSOIL Project team explored two farms in the Pannonian area of Austria to discover nature-based and innovative solutions to increase Soil Health. The first stop was the Grand Farm in Absdorf, where the team delved into the world of vermicompost and market gardening. The second stop was the Hans Gnauer Farm, where the team witnessed evergreen farming and direct seeding practices. 

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Learn more about the Hans Gnauer Farm

NBSOIL Biweekly Quiz  

‘Agroecology’ is defined as an integrated approach that simultaneously applies ecological and social concepts and principles to the design and management of food and agricultural systems. (FAO, 2018)
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The simplest soils have three horizons: Top soil (A horizon), Subsoil (B horizon), and Parent material (C horizon).
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NBSOIL LinkedIn hits 1k followers!

Thanks for your support and for being part of the NBSOIL journey to 1k followers.

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NBSOIL Academy 

The NBSOIL project will develop a comprehensive training programme for next generation soil advisors and advisory services. It will engage with advisory services across the EU and associated countries to strengthen the knowledge and skills base to provide impartial advice on soils and sustainable management.

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Nature as a Co-designer: Patricia Carbonell presents NBSOIL


Patricia Carbonell, the Head of the Barcelona Office for REVOLVE, the lead communication partner of the NBSOIL Project, took part in the panel: “Nature as a Co-designer: Embracing Nature for a Circular Future.” Emphasising that everything begins with soil, Patricia presented NBSOIL and highlighted the various activities planned throughout the project, including the Soil Academy and Vision cards.

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Meet the NBSOIL demo sites selected to test soil health restoration with nature-based solutions


The NBSOIL Project has selected demonstration sites for the testing of nature-based solutions (NBS) to restore soil health in different human-affected ecosystems. The demonstration sites, located in Poland, Austria, Italy, Spain and Switzerland, will showcase practical NBS demonstrations that will allow us to assess and fine-tune the knowledge and technologies required for their application.

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World ATLAS of Desertification


While the first picture of Earth from deep space invoked awe and wonder, it also revealed a startling reality that humanity exists within finite and stark boundaries as we enter the age of the Anthropocene. Explore the World Atlas of Desertification’s interactive maps to grasp the impact of our actions on the planet.

Check the atlas here

Exploring Innovative Agroforestry Practices

How do contaminants journey through soil?

Contaminant movement in soil involves:

  • Physical, chemical, and biological interactions.

  • Soil properties like pH, organic matter, and clay content.

  • Cation and anion exchange.

  • Equilibrium between solid and liquid phases.

Check out more in the infographic below.

Source: adapted from Hurley and Nizzetto, 2018

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