Soil Sustainability(So.S) - Soil Sustainable Management in a Mediterranean River basin based on the European Soil Thematic Strategy
Soil is subjected to serious degradation threats, as recognised by the EU Soil Protection Strategy. The major threats identified so far are soil erosion; decline in inorganic matter content; loss of soil biodiversity; soil contamination; salinisation; soil compaction; soil sealing; and major hydro-geological events such as floods and landslides. Within this context, the project aims to promote sustainable soil management in Greece at the Anthemountas river basin level. It foresees the drawing up of a Soil Action Plan using innovative management tools and the implementation of pilot projects. Specific targets are to confront soil degradation of agricultural lands, combat soil erosion, and prevent and control soil contamination and sealing in areas subject to intensive spatial planning. Work will also be done with local authorities and scientists to develop their capacity and skills in soil management based on European methodologies and know-how in soil management.