The AI4SoilHealth project, funded by the EU, aims to co-design, create, and maintain an open-access digital infrastructure across Europe. This infrastructure will be based on advanced AI techniques and in-depth soil health understanding and measures. The project will also create a Soil Digital Twin using AI-based data infrastructure. In addition, the project aims to deliver a Soil Health Index methodology, Rapid Soil Health Assessment Toolbox, AI4SoilHealth Data Cube for Europe, Soil-Health-Soil-Degradation-Monitor, and AI4SoilHealth API, and mobile phone app.
The BENCHMARKS project, funded by the EU, is aimed at co-designing an Integrated Soil Health Monitoring Framework. This framework will primarily rely on the soil-based ecosystem functions assessment to develop an interactive soil health dashboard, which will guide the selection of appropriate soil health indicators. In addition, it will provide recommendations for soil health management practices. The dashboard is intended for use by different stakeholders in urban, agricultural, and forestry land use systems. The proposed indicators will comprise both sample-based measurements and data, as well as model-derived statistics.
The SOIL O-LIVE project, funded by the EU, will carry out a series of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary initiatives. Its objective is to evaluate the environmental situation of the soil in olive groves on a large scale. The project will focus on the most significant olive-producing areas in the Mediterranean region. SOIL O-LIVE will examine the impact of pollution and land degradation on olive grove soils, study the connection between soil health status and the quality and safety of olive oil, introduce effective soil amendments and ecological restoration practices, and establish strict ecological thresholds for healthy European olive groves.
The InBestSoil project aims to design an economic valuation system for assessing the ecosystem services provided by healthy soil, as well as the impacts of soil interventions. The project will also evaluate the feasibility of integrating the system into business models and incentives, thereby allowing public and private organizations to assign economic value to their actions. The project will involve 19 partners, including farmers and enterprises from 10 countries. Through the provision of data, evidence, tools, and models, the InBestSoil project will assess how investments in soil health can contribute to long-term resilient and sustainable use of soil.
The NOVASOIL project, funded by the EU, aims to highlight the advantages of investing in soil for both society and the environment. The project intends to present a toolbox of good practices, models, and business cases from different parts of Europe and beyond. The ultimate goal is to encourage sustainable soil management under various land uses and climatic conditions, while also promoting soil health. The NOVASOIL toolbox will be developed with the guidance of a team of multidisciplinary experts who have experience in creating soil health business models based on sustainable crop and soil management.
SoilValues, funded by the EU, aims to promote the development of successful business models that support soil health. These models are designed to assist land managers in making production decisions that lead to increased levels of soil-based ecosystem services. Apart from creating indicators and models to measure the outcomes, the project will also establish testing grounds across Europe. Furthermore, a toolbox of incentives and policy recommendations will be designed to support the initiative.
NATI00NS will assist the EU Mission called "A Soil Deal for Europe" in its initial "induction and pilot" phase. It will act as a messenger to national and regional stakeholders by conveying awareness-raising messages, providing access to capacity-building materials and information, and spurring discussions on the best Living-Lab (LL) setups to address regional soil needs. Moreover, it will foster early matchmaking for cross-regional LL clusters. The project's success will be measured by the number of high-quality applications received in the first open calls, and the funding of the first two waves of LL projects. This will pave the way for systemic change that can be boosted by the Soil Mission.
The HuMUS project, funded by the EU, aims to raise awareness and promote the importance of soil health in local communities. Its goal is to engage municipalities and regions in dialogue on soil health with Quadruple Helix stakeholders, including marginalized and vulnerable parts of society. The project will also launch a call for pilot projects worth EUR 600,000 to promote wider co-assessment and transitioning exercises on local soil challenges, going beyond the current partnership. This will help accelerate the uptake of the Soil Mission by public and private actors in Europe.
The NBSoil project, funded by the European Union, aims to develop a learning programme helping soil advisors implement a comprehensive approach to soil health. The project will particularly concentrate on six multifunctional categories, including organic fertilisers produced from locally available biowastes, cover crops, paludiculture, forest diversification, bioremediation, and blue-green infrastructure in urban and periurban areas. Around 300 participants from eight European Union countries are expected to complete the two-year training provided by the project.
The PREPSOIL project aims to take a proactive approach by collaborating with stakeholders to create long-lasting interaction spaces. The project's goal is to improve the knowledge base and awareness of soil health by providing first assessments and efforts. It will also develop a web portal that serves as the European one-stop-shop for all information, resources, and digital engagement tools for the Mission stakeholders. Additionally, PREPSOIL will guide future national soil health monitoring mechanisms and prepare the implementation of regional Living Labs by providing model business plan guidance.