Project background

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The multiple functions of soil are under increasing threat from a wide range of human activities. These threats are often complex, typically inter−linked and they can occur simultaneously. Threats considered of major concern for implementing the EU Soil Thematic Strategy include: erosion, decline in organic matter, soil sealing, soil compaction, decline in soil biodiversity and landslides. The severity and complexity of these threats require a new way of thinking and acting on the territory. Therefore, its necessary an innovative synergy between researchers, farmers and local authorities to optimize the management of the agricultural landscape and forestry.

The study area

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Project Objectives

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The aim of this project is to develop, test and implement a tool to support the decisions of stakeholders on soil and landscape conservation issues. The Decision Supporting System is designed to enable the introduction of the best soil conservation and land management measures and will ease the implementation of important but complex environment−related EU directives, regulations and national allocation plans. The tool must include many different high quality layers of information in order to be successfully applied. It will be developed in the framework of a "Web−based Spatial Decision Supporting System" (WS−DSS) and will consider soil and landscape. The WS−DSS tool will, through a web server system, provide advice and enable users to produce detailed spatial documents, reports and maps on a series of issues such as agriculture, environment and climate change, with the ultimate goal of enabling an easy implementation and an innovative spatial based adoption of relevant EU and national legislation. WS−DSS will be adopted, tested and applied in an area of about 20.000 hectares in South Italy (Valle Telesina, province of Benevento in the Campania Region) but its development will enable future applications in the Campania region as whole. Moreover, during the lifetime of the project, the tool will be provided for testing in four other European regions that have already expressed an interest. The tool will be made available to individuals, public bodies and other interested parties. It will integrate classical top−down decision−making with bottom−up contributions to landscape planning and management.

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Luciana Minieri -
+39(0)812539219; Dr. Piero Manna +39(0)817717325

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Coordinating Beneficiary

- Dipartimento di Scienze del Suolo, della Pianta e dell’Ambiente, University of Naples Federico II

Project Partners

- CNR Istituto per i Sistemi Agricoli e Forestali del Mediterraneo, Italy
- Regione Campania−SeSIRCA, Italy
- ARIESPACE srl, Italy