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.

Soil Monitoring Law

Feedback to Soil Monitoring Law - active hyperlinks

Feedback and survey of information supporting/ enabling discussion on the Soil Monitoring Law proposal

Feedback to the Soil Monitoring Law from the EJP SOIL internal project 'MINOTAUR' on soil biological indicators

Introduction to the concept of Carbon farming, Carbon accounting and Carbon credits

In the framework of the EJP SOIL Programme, WP8 Sciene to Policy produced an informative video to introduce a general audience as well as stakeholders, policymakers, researchers and farmers to the complex concepts of Carbon farming, Carbon accounting and Carbon credits.

Answers to 4 Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is Carbon farming?

  • What is soil Carbon accounting?

  • What is a Carbon credit?

  • Are Carbon credits effective against climate change?

Policy Workshop Materials 

Here you can find PDF versions of presentations and recordings from the different policy workshops .

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Looking for European soil science expertise?

The ‘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 RICI is like the "yellow pages" for expertise on soil science.

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. 

Unsure what to search for?

The RICI can connect you with any registered expert within the EJP SOIL consortium. This represents a wealth of knowledge! To get you started we have provided some examples of the terms you can use to search the RICI if you are looking for expertise in the area of climate change mitigation. Other areas of expertise include : climate change adaptation, sustianable soil management & agricultural production, sustianable environment, Soil health, ecosystem services and biodiversity, soil data & monitoring, mapping and modelling, region specific fertilization. 

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.  

Policy briefs



When does soil carbon contribute to climate change mitigation?

In climate change mitigation discussions, technical terms are not always used correctly leading to unintended consequences and exaggerated expectations of the role of soil C for climate change mitigation.

Carbon stock, carbon sink - are they the same thing? And does fixing C in the soil, for example by building up soil organic C, automatically lead to climate change mitigation? In public discussions about climate protection, many such concepts often get mixed up.