NRP 68 Sustainable use of soil as a resource
NRP 68 laid the groundwork for the sustainable use of soil in Switzerland. In so doing, it considered both the environmental and economic benefits of soil. The concept of ecosystem services made it possible to realise the value of soil functions and their contribution to human well-being. The results are presented in five thematic syntheses and one overall synthesis report.
|Facts & figures|
|Overall funding||CHF 13'000'000|
|Period of research||3 + 2 years|
|President of the Steering Committee||Professor Emmanuel Frossard, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, ETH Zurich|
|Head of Knowledge transfer||Urs Steiger, texte, konzepte, beratung, Luzern|
|Programme Manager||Pascal Walther, SNSF|
|Research||2013 - 2017|
The report focuses on the natural functions of soil and its services to society. It proposes a path towards sustainable soil policies that emphasises the importance of collaboration between the different stakeholders in the areas of soil use, soil management and soil protection.
The five thematic synthesis reports are the result of a close dialogue between researchers and practitioners. They address an expert audience and offer answers to a number of challenges on soil in various policy areas.
Shows how soil-protecting management could become even more integrated in agricultural policy making.
Shows how soil compaction and the loss of soil organic matter could be reduced, and emphasises on the significance of soil as a sink and source of greenhouse gases.
Proposes how to integrate soil quality into decision-making processes of spatial planning.
Proposes a strategy for closing the gap in soil information.
Identifies the relevant areas of action for a sustainable use of soil.