SAS-STRAT project aims at identifying, describing and analysing conditions and means for a sustainable management of cultivated soils in Europe, that takes into account a variety of current or potential qualities of these soils, including and beside agricultural production.
This research is developed in strong cooperation with stakeholders, who contribute with their own expertise on integrated soil quality.
SAS-STRAT is developed in the framework of the SNOWMAN research network.
ViagraThe objectives of the research project are to :
- explore what are the different qualities that constitute the integrated agricultural soil quality (e.g. support for economical activities and income generation, including agriculture ; land planning ; property as a place where to exert its individual freedom and as a patrimony to hand down ; environnemental compartment and object of ecosystem services transactions; vector of chemical quality of our environment and health, etc.)
- describe regional governance approaches experimented in Belgium, France and the Netherlands in the European context to improve the integrated quality of agricultural soil (case studies)
- analyse the conditions for an integration of new soil challenges (biodiversity, climate change, ecosystemic, cultural, identity and social… services) in agricultural soil
- establish a community of stakeholders involved in integrated quality of soil, at local, regional, national and European level (Belgium, France, Netherlands, EU), and a first group of researchers-experts involved on integrated soil quality
- analyse with stakeholders the lessons learnt from the case studies investigated, consider the value of these experiences for the wider community, and develop in cooperation with stakeholders recommendations for the development of integrated approach, combining regional and local initiatives, national and EU policy
- analyse the contribution of cooperative research methodologies to address soil complexity, and provide recommendations to sustainable management of soil quality
The project will develop in 3 phases:
- Development of a common methodological framework ensuring intercomparability of the 3 case studies
- Development of the 3 case studies
- Integration of the lessons learnt from the 3 case studies. This will notably be done through a participatory Integration Workshop organised in Spring 2013
ViagraThe results of this project will highlight fundamental elements about how to positively take into account the different qualities the concerned stakeholders relate to the soil into an integrative and multiple stakeholders soil management strategy. Doing so, it will
- outline ways of integrating soil ecosystem services into decision making and governance ;
- analyse and provide recommendations on methodologies and strategies to build a multiple stakeholder and multiple quality decision making ;
- outline solutions for a more sustainable agriculture and agricultural management.
The results of the project will contribute to define the modalities of integration of soil functions and services at the different levels of decision-making and governance. They will notably illustrate and analyse how innovative arrangements between companies, governments, citizens and social organisations can ensure that both individual and social values (multi-actor) are adequately included in the assessment and decision-making processes. They will describe and analyse how to deal with complexity and uncertainty in the natural and social systems in decision-making processes.The cooperative research nature of the project will ensure dissemination of the research, by sharing the knowledge of existing local, national and European approaches, and by involving key stakeholders in the production of research and recommendations.