Science to policy

EJP SOIL understands the need for strong support and strategic activities aimed at a strengthened science-policy interface in the area of agricultural soil management. A main part of the exploitation of research results includes the provision of evidence-based policy recommendations that support the role of soil management in addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation.

On this page, you can find a range of information, from different areas within the EJP SOIL Programme, which is curated specifically to help in strengthening the science to policy interface.



The EJP SOIL Work Package on ‘Science to Policy’, will host a workshop on Carbon Farming on 31st May 2022.

The aims is to facilitate knowledge exchange between key stakeholders on this topic and identify future steps for research to support carbon farming activities involving agricultural soil. These steps will be used to shape action and research in Europe.

 


Workshop Objective: This workshop will explore how existing scientific knowledge can both inform and help to shape carbon farming policies and development of business models. 

Speakers from a wide range of organisations, including, DG Clima, DG Agri, and the EJP SOIL - Carboseq and -Road4Schemes projects along with financial institutions involved in carbon farming schemes will present their plans and perspectives. The event will also host a session on carbon farming experiences enabling knowledge sharing activities between organisations and initiatives that have experience with different aspects of carbon farming schemes from conception to implementation.  


To register for the event go to: https://bit.ly/3EIgOEN or contact Avion Phillips at avion.phillips@teagasc.ie 


'This will be a full day event consisting of presentations on

  • Policy perspectives on C Farming by DG Clima
  • The relationship between C Farming and the CAP by DG Agri
  • The potential for Carbon Sequestration by CORBOSEQ EJP SOIL
  • C Farming integration into business models
  • Case studies of C farming schemes at EU and Global levels

 


RICI - Access to cross-European soil science expertise

‘Resources, Infrastructure and Capabilities Inventory (RICI)’ is an online platform for policy stakeholders. RICI provides access to a pool of specialized scientists and experts at local, regional and national level across Europe. The online inventory is the ‘Yellow pages’ on expertise on soil science in relation to questions for policy matters.

RICI is the catalogued scientific capacity and expertise within the EJP SOIL consortium. The search for expertise using the RICI platform enables focused results of soil science experts within different aspects of soil such as microorganisms, soil structure, carbon capture and storage, amendment and so forth.

For example, if you are working on policies regarding carbon capture and storage, the RICI platform will provide specific information on the scientists or the laboratories who do research within this topic. A search will identify a range of scientists in different countries, specialized in this topic, including the experts in the regional and local area.


Click the button below and do a search in the database. You can also register yourself in the database. 

The database is under development and will continuously be updated and improved. 

Search Topics

Use the following search topics to find a sientist or expert within the area of soil carbon sequestration and climate change mitigation:

  • GHG
  • greenhouse gases
  • emission
  • restorative
  • tillage 
  • cover cropping
  • crop residue 
  • crop rotations
  • fertilization
  • mulching
  • nutrient cycling
  • compost and manure,
  • water resources
  • biochar application
  • precision farming
  • irrigation
  • conservation 
  • agroforestry



Science to policy interaction

The overall aim of work package 8 is to support and strengthen the science-policy interface in the area of agricultural soil management and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The focus is on providing support for the implementation of soil C accounting and the delivery of soil ecosystem services.

The key objectives are to:

  • Establish open dialogue and active engagement with policymakers.
  • Understand and analyse policy makers needs for new research, data or resources.
  • Support the implementation of C accounting and delivery of ecosystem services in the EU.
  • Translate results into expert recommendations for policy.
  • Disseminate and promote the work and outputs of the EJP SOIL to EU and international policymakers.  

Workshop material