Improving agricultural soil quality
One of FACCE JPI's Implementation Plan’s actions for 2015 was the launch of a Thematic Annual Programming Network on Improving Agricultural Soil Quality (TAP). The proposed scope for the network has emerged: Soil functionality under climate change with a focus on carbon (C) sequestration. The aim is to improve understanding of, and ability to assess, the nutrient budget, water holding capacity and carbon storage potential of different soils.
The United Nations declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils, recognizing the importance of soil quality for promoting food security, sustainable agricultural development and essential ecosystem functions. FACCE-JPI also acknowledges the significance of soil quality in its Strategic Research Agenda and Implementation Plan for 2014-2015. One of the Implementation Plan’s actions for 2015 was the launch of a Thematic Annual Programming Network on Improving Agricultural Soil Quality (TAP) - an initiative led by France with the support of The Netherlands and Spain.
On Tuesday, August 25, 2015 the Wageningen Soil Conference hosted the FACCE-JPI Thematic Annual Programming Newtork on Improving Agricultural Soil Quality Workshop. This informal event provided interested FACCE-JPI Member States and Associated Countries the opportunity to discuss how a TAP network could operate, which scope it could have and how it could best link up and add value to existing European and global soil-related initiatives.You can read and download the report of the exploratory workshop here.
Focus on carbon sequestration
The results of the exploratory workshop have been presented during the meeting of the FACCE-JPI Governing Board (GB) where it was formally decided to continue with the TAP Soil. Assessing the results from the workshop, the FACCE Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) has been discussing a scope for the TAP, taking all the recommendations and precautions into consideration.
By combining the GB meeting discussions on the TAP, the SAB elaborations, and the 2016-2018 Implementation Plan actions, the following proposed scope for the network emerged: Soil functionality under climate change with a focus on carbon (C) sequestration. This scope brings together several main elements derived from the workshop, provides possibilities to align with ongoing international initiatives such as the 4‰ initiative, and falls well within the FACCE remit without (unnecessary) overlapping with other actions.
On January 2016, FACCE-JPI and DG AGRI organised the event “International soil research: Opportunities for synergy and cooperation with FACCE-JPI” to explore the international landscape on soil research, to show the work of FACCE-JPI on the issues related to soil, and to explore opportunities for synergy and cooperation at the EU and international level, including with the recently launched 4/1000 initiative (COP 21).
You can find the presentations given at the "International soil research: Opportunities for synergy and cooperation with FACCE-JPI" here. You can find more information about TAP Soil at the presentation from the 1st Water JPI TAP Action Workshop (2019).