EJP SOIL Webinar #5 - Results from SIREN - Open access

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Friday 8 April 2022,  at 11:00 - 12:00

The ‘SIREN’ project involved a stocktake amongst EJP SOIL Partner countries of their use of soil quality data in the assessment of ecosystem services, and a review the indicators and reference criteria. A framework is developed to link soil quality and ecosystem services conceptually and methodologically, including a set of definitions to render a consistent glossary. Also, a shortlist of policy-relevant SQ indicators is presented as an easily harmonisable ‘minimum dataset’, as based on current use of indicators by member states and use in scientific literature and EU projects on SQ, and the current key omissions have been identified. The final report enumerates in detail the knowledge gaps and needs for development towards policy-implementation of interlinked SQ monitoring and ES assessment, as identified by the different Partners.

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Meeting ID: 938 6211 1937

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The SIREN framework integrates ecological (left, green) and socio-economic (right, yellow) systems, providing a comprehensively structured approach for evaluation and decision-making in policy and management regarding soil quality and ecosystem services. The square boxes in the framework are measurable/quantifiable, the rounded boxes are mechanistic forces from policy, management, market chains or natural drivers.

The hierarchy of soil quality parameters, simplified after Adhikari and Hartemink (2016) and illustrated with an example for evaluation of SDG2 policy-targeting on the basis of chemical, physical and biological indicators for soil structures and biochemical, biophysical and physicochemical processes that make up the soil function of natural fertility and the associated ES class ‘Decomposition and fixing processes as recognised under CICES V5.1. Across this nested configuration Soil Quality can be seen as an integration of structural and functional aspects up to continued delivery of ecosystem services.

Graphical representation of soil quality and ecosystem service provision terminology against a theoretical borderline of sustainable use (People, Planet, Profit), illustrated for a single ES at a time (After Hein et al. 2016) with indication of delimiting factors (after Van Ittersum and Rabbinge 1997). Soil Health (SH) and Soil Quality (SQ) are drawn for comparison and differentiation, where SQ can be understood as equivalent to ecosystem capability, and SH is defined to equate the present ecosystem capacity (i.e., the potential supply of ES as the ecosystem condition is now).