SOIL:OurInvisibleAlly 
Facilitating implementation of EU soil legislation in Alpine municipalities, thus seizing transnational knowledge, mutual learning & concrete, cross-sectoral implementation on local level
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  • 2021 – 2027
  • Climate resilient and green Alpine region
  • SO 1.2 - Enhancing protection and preservation of nature, biodiversity and green infrastructure, including in urban areas, and reducing all forms of pollution
    • 2.849.646 EUR
    • 2.137.235 EUR

    Partners

    Slovenian Forestry Institute (Lead partner)
    • Lead partner
    • Slovenia
    • Zahodna Slovenija (SI04)
    • Ljubljana
    Foundation Art and Nature gGmbH
    • Germany
    • Oberbayern (DE21)
    • Bad Heilbrunn
    Agricultural Institute of Slovenia (KIS)
    • Slovenia
    • Zahodna Slovenija (SI04)
    • Ljubljana
    Salzburg Institute for Regional Planning and Housing
    • Austria
    • Salzburg (AT32)
    • Salzburg
    Climate Alliance Tyrol
    • Austria
    • Tirol (AT33)
    • Innsbruck
    National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment
    • France
    • Rhône-Alpes (FRK2)
    • Saint Martin d'Hères Cedex
    University of Torino
    • Italy
    • Piemonte (ITC1)
    • Torino
    County Administration Landsberg a. Lech
    • Germany
    • Oberbayern (DE21)
    • Landsberg am Lech
    Autonomous Region of Aosta Valley
    • Italy
    • Valle d’Aosta/Vallée d’Aoste (ITC2)
    • Aosta
    Consulting for Naturland (Association for Organic Agriculture)
    • Germany
    • Oberbayern (DE21)
    • Hohenkammer
    Slovenian Forest Service
    • Slovenia
    • Zahodna Slovenija (SI04)
    • Ljubljana
    Orobie Valtellinesi Parc
    • Italy
    • Lombardia (ITC4)
    • Albosaggia
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    Outcomes


    • Collection of easy-to-use SSM methodologies (incl. soil ecosystem services & CR) combined with communication & involvement guidance for implementation (V1:RP2; improved at A21 end+integrated in O22)

      Soils are often prone to degradation (compaction, organic matter/biodiversity loss, erosion). Methodologies for improved evaluation & cultivation of most land uses & activities (e.g. agroforestry, peatland restoration, carbon farming, NBS) will be collected &, together with local/regional stakeholder knowledge, adapted towards easy use and tailored applicability, incl. blueprints on stakeholder involvement for case studies & communication guidance, then promoted & applied in case studies (WP2).

    • Collaborative solutions for sustainable spatial planning with focus on protection of high value soil, SES, peatlands, etc. (V1:RP2; improved at A21 end + integrated in O22)

      Development of collaborative solutions for sust. spatial planning. The focus is to simplify soil directive compliance with comparable methodologies using soil quality maps, SES assessment approaches (e.g. functions in terms of soil erosion hazard, soil environmental capacity, water retention) & socio-economic data as guidance for more efficient land-use/spat. planning decisions thus promoting sustainability. Elaboration with relevant authorities to jointly develop methodologies for pilot sites.

    • SSM & CR concept for pilot actions in the different Alpine countries (e.g. CCA-spatial planning, LUC, forest management, SES, carbon farming, agroforestry & water management)

      With the hand-on-results from WP1, the concept will be elaborated/implemented/evaluated in 10+ relevant case studies. Objectives: 1) demonstrate WP1 methodology efficiency, 2) added value in municipal/regional planning process for prudent & sust. use of soil resources e.g. peatlands, effects on LUC&CR, erosion 3) display living examples for credibility & replicability. The pilot activities & guidance (O22) are exploited at joint & transnat. level to strengthen the work of EUSALP AG6,7&AC-SWG

    • SSM-solution-booklet combined with spatial pl., incl.best-practice & SOIL case studies for municipalities & policy-makers, incl. Stakeh.-Guidance to overcome obstacles & strengthen success-criteria

      1 land-use guideline with Do-how lesson-learning from & for municipal planning case studies with solutions & decision making tree to be published at the Alp. Soil Platform, to transfer the SOIL pilot sites into new regions, possibly legislation & land use planning; presented at conferences to (soil) experts & non-expert policymakers, incl. a chapter (for landowners & decision makers) to overcome obstacles (legislation, cross-sectoral, emotional, financial, etc.) & strengthen success criteria.

    • Capacity building (CB) toolbox (incl. Manual to increase comprehensibility & application) & educat. package for multipliers/training centres (“train the trainer”) as basis for concrete implement. & CR

      By providing "train the trainer" programs, incl. multiplier sessions & A12-learnings, CB ensures effective implementation of SSM tools by end-users. This strategy fosters widespread understanding of SSM's benefits, enabling long-lasting impacts on prudent management of soil resource, utilization & transferability of SSM. Additionally, CB enhances stakeholders' capabilities in utilizing SSM for informed decision-making in land use planning & soil protection, thereby amplifying the project's reach