European roadmap

The Roadmap for EJP SOIL functions as an agenda for the activities of EJP SOIL and describes a vision for climate-smart and sustainable agricultural soil management.

In the beginning of the EJP SOIL program, a number of expected outcomes were identified by the European Commission, which in different ways could contribute to improve soil fertility in Europe. The next step has been to identify the activities that need to take place in order to achieve these outcomes - knowledge gaps that need to be filled by projects funded by EJP SOIL in addition to the different tasks that need to be completed as part of the work packages of EJP SOIL. Having consulted stakeholders in all participating countries, the agenda for these activities has been created - the Roadmap for EJP SOIL.

The Roadmap for the European Joint Programme SOIL, which can be downloaded here.

The roadmap will be followed by an implementation plan that will engage European member states and stakeholders across Europe in joining forces to collaborate on research and complementary activities for agricultural soil management.

The roadmap will be updated annually with information from within and outside the program to identify topics that will guide program activities. And, at the end of the EJP SOIL program, a 10-year soil research roadmap will be delivered.

Work Package leader

Saskia Keesstra 

National Coordinator

Lars Juhl Munkholm 

The six expected impacts of EJP SOIL

  1. Fostering understanding of soil management and its influence on climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable agricultural production and environment.
  2. Understanding how soil-carbon sequestration can contribute to climate change mitigation at the regional level and accounting for carbon.
  3. Strengthening scientific capacities and cooperation across Europe including training young soil scientists.
  4. Supporting harmonized European soil information, including for international reporting.
  5. Fostering the uptake of soil management practices conducive to climate change adaptation and mitigation.
  6. Develop and demonstrate region- and context-specific fertilization practices (soil, water and pedoclimatic conditions