Project Newsletter #6


SIEUSOIL Newsletter Issue #6 - warmest wishes2

The 6th semi-annual SIEUSOIL newsletter is out with the latest news on soils and the project!!!

Τhe “Project News” present the latest publications and deliverables produced by the SIEUSOIL Consortium partners, whilst “Facts and Figures” present the soil history in words and other interesting info. Also, read about the “The 2030 Soil Strategy” and check out “What we are reading”.

Don’t miss out on the latest “Upcoming events” and find out the latest news “In case you missed” them. As always, remember to follow us on social media and the project’s website to get the latest information.

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Project News

The SIEUSOIL project is in full gear. Over the last six months project partners have produced the following deliverables (public deliverables are available here):

  • D1.3 Prototype of operational Eurasian soil platform
  • D6.4 Report of DSS test and validation
  • D7.7 Report on SIEUSOIL synthesis of methodology
  • D8.2 Report on SIEUSOIL LCA of nutrient flows
  • D9.4 Dissemination & Communication Report
  • D9.9 Market analysis initial report

Consortium partners have also published the three following new articles in peer reviewed journals:

Yongsheng Hong, Yiyun Chen, Ruili Shen, Songchao Chen, Gang Xu, Hang Cheng, Long Guo, Zushuai Wei, Jian Yang, Yaolin Liu, Zhou Shi, Abdul M. Mouazen, Diagnosis of cadmium contamination in urban and suburban soils using visible-to-near-infrared spectroscopy, Environmental Pollution, Volume 291, 2021, 118128, ISSN 0269-7491 (access).

Chen S C, Xu H Y, Xu D Y, etc. Evaluating validation strategies on the performance of soil property prediction from regional to continental spectral dataGeoderma. 2021, 400, 15159 (access).

Mouazen, A.M.; Nyarko, F.; Qaswar, M.; Tóth, G.; Gobin, A.; Moshou, D. Spatiotemporal Prediction and Mapping of Heavy Metals at Regional Scale Using Regression Methods and Landsat 7. Remote Sens. 2021, 13, 4615 (access).

The 2030 Soil Strategy

The European Commission released the new EU Soil Strategy for 2030, building on the European Green Deal and related policies. The EU soil strategy elaborates on The Biodiversity Strategy for 2020 and Farm to Fork Strategy to create a new vision for soil, in relevance to the reduction of nutrient losses and the decreased use of chemical pesticides. The Climate Adaptation Strategy has highlighted the importance of healthy soils to the impacts of extreme weather phenomena, whilst the Zero Pollution Action Plan has highlighted the significance of preventing contamination. The EU soil strategy calls for protection measures for soils respective to the ones defined for air and water.

Soils host more than a quarter of the planet’s biodiversity and are the largest terrestrial carbon pool. To this end, protecting and improving soil health in the EU is also essential in addressing global challenges including climate mitigation/adaptation, protecting biodiversity and preserving water resources. The goal to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 can only be succeeded by Carbon removal through restoration and better management of soils. The main Objective of the Strategy is to allow soil to deliver its essential services and act as a key enabler to achieve Green Deal objectives

The Strategy is an important initiative undertaken by the Commission, as currently there is no legislation dedicated to soil to address transboundary impacts of soil degradation or monitoring. In view of the Strategy’s crucial role, promoting carbon farming practices was incorporated in the Communication on Sustainable Carbon Cycles, Highlighting Carbon Removal Objectives released mid-December 2021. Additionally, the European Commission is going to present a legislative proposal on Soil Health Law by 2023.

The key actions outlined in the Soil Strategy for 2030 include the following:

  • Making sustainable soil management the new normal, by proposing a scheme for land owners to get their soils tested for free, promoting sustainable soil management through the CAP and sharing best practices.
  • Considering proposing legally binding objectives to limit  drainage of wetlands and organic soils and to restore managed and drained peatlands to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
  • Investigating streams of excavated soils and assessing the need and potential for a legally binding “soil passport” to boost circular the economy and enhance reuse of clean soil.
  • Restoring degraded soils and remediating contaminated sites.
  • Preventing desertification by developing a common methodology to assess desertification and land degradation.
  • Increasing research, data and monitoring on soil.
  • Mobilising the necessary societal engagement and financial resources.

Reaping the benefits of healthy soils for people, the Soil Strategy is important for:

Land users
who will gain better knowledge of soil, achieve long term farm viability and food security, get funded to test the initiative and engage in Carbon farming and innovative business models.


who will enjoy a more sustainable future with healthy soils, a decline in biodiversity loss and climate mitigation.

Industry & economic operators

that will secure level playing field, legal certainty on liabilities for soil contamination and assure a sustainable supply of raw materials.

Public Authorities

that will ensure a clear legal framework and targets across the EU, reduced costs of remediation actions, citizens support and improved governance.


Healthy soils are essential for achieving climate neutrality, a clean and circular economy, reversing biodiversity loss, providing healthy food, safeguarding human health, and halting desertification and land degradation. Soil Strategy aspires to empower the objectives of good soil health to be achieved across the EU by 2050.

What we are reading

The state of the world’s land and water resources for food and agriculture:
Systems at breaking point (SOLAW 2021)

Satisfying the changing food habits and increased demand for food intensifies pressure on the world’s water, land and soil resources. A recent UN report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) points out that the world’s farms are at a “breaking point”, emphasizing that soils are being eroded and degraded.

It also highlights that the “treatment of soils with inorganic fertilizers to increase or sustain yields has had significant adverse effects on soil health” as well as that the“wiser” use of soils could result in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions that are being emitted by global agriculture.

SOLAW 2021 attempts to build awareness of the status of land and water resources by highlighting relative risks and informing on related opportunities and challenges. It also underlines the essential contribution of appropriate policies, institutions, and investments.

Upcoming events

The EGU General Assembly 2022

The General Assembly 2022 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) will be held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria, from 23–27 May 2022, as a hybrid event. The EGU General Assembly 2022 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world for one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career scientists, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience. READ MORE

8th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter (SOM) 

The 8th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter (SOM) will be held in Seoul, South Korea from 26-30 June 2022. The theme of the meeting – “Soil Organic Matter in the Anthropocene” – is a reflection of the challenges that the planet faces today. At the Symposium, delegates from all over the world are expected to share unique experiences and knowledge on the biological, chemical and physical processes that govern and interact with SOM, including their practical application in an increasingly stressed environment. READ MORE

World Congress of Soil Science

The World Congress of Soil Science 2022 (WCSS 22) will be held in Glasgow from 31 July to 5 August 2022. The Congress is held every four years in different countries around the globe and its 22nd edition is being organised by the British Society of Soil Science on behalf of the International Union of Soil Sciences. The Congress theme, ‘Soil Science – crossing boundaries, changing society’ will focus on the link between soil and society, with sessions covering soil systems, soil processes, soil management and how we interact with and use soils around the world. READ MORE

The 77th SWCS International Annual Conference

The 77th Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) International Annual Conference will be held in Denver, Colorado USA from July 31-August 3, 2022. This year’s conference theme, “Elevating Conservation to New Heights,” embraces the mountainous region of the location while emphasizing the shared vision held by conservationists around the world to scale their work, repair ecosystems, and create resilient working lands. The Conference will offer multiple possibilities for partnerships to elevate soil health and water conservation. Regional sessions and tours will provide a space to share the latest projects and tools addressing impacts of a changing climate and increased populations on the natural resources of the area. READ MORE

In case you missed

Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference

The 14th Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) with the topic “Sustainable Land Use: Food Security Starts with the Soil” was organized in Berlin on the 28th of January. The Forum saw 68 agriculture ministers adopt an ambitious final communiqué focusing on healthy soils as our allies in combating global hunger, the climate crisis and the extinction of species and the need for sustainable land and soil management. Read more…

New research projects on soil resilience

EJP SOIL announced10 new funded research projects that focus on agricultural ecosystem services, above and below ground. Their objective is to improve soil health, soil carbon sequestration and reduce the effects of climate change on agricultural production. The new projects complement ongoing research activities in the EJP SOIL programme with focus on digital tools such as remote sensing, to assess soil characteristics, in particular in addressing soil carbon sequestration. Amongst the aims of the new projects are improving the understanding of soil carbon sequestration and addressing specific soil management options to increase soil carbon sequestration. Learn more

New evidence on the benefits of non-chemical agriculture

A newly released report by the non-profit Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) based in Delhi has presented strong evidence that organic and natural farming is not only profitable and sustainable, but also highly productive. The report is titled Evidence (2004-20) on holistic benefits of organic and natural farming in India and makes a clear case to consider the holistic benefits of organic and natural farming, such as those related to livelihoods, soil health and environment (instead of only yield) in future policies and programmes. Find out more

Australia to deliver soil science excellence

The Australian Minister of Agriculture has announced a fund of $3 million (€1.8 million) for eight new Regional Soil Coordinators that will offer practical assistance to farmers and land managers to improve soil management and productivity. They will support the existing $13.8 million Soil Extension Activities grants programme that hat helps farmers to better understand soil health, better access the latest training and testing techniques, and make better decisions for future growing seasons based on real data. The Regional Soil Coordinators will work with Soil Science Australia to form a National Community of Practice. More info

Join us

The SIEUSOIL consortium is formed by a multi-disciplinary international team of experts from 23 institutions in Europe and China, specializing on conservation agriculture, soil science, environmental engineering, data and process modelling, LCA, semantics-based data harmonization, remote sensing, IoT, sensors and data fusion, DSS, machine learning and deep learning. Our team will be more than happy to answer to your questions or provide more info on the project.

Project Coordinator: Professor Dimitrios Moshou