In the framework of the International Year of Soil, 2015, the the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) has developed a set of 12 videos, each centered around a monthly soil related theme. The goal of these videos is to raise: Public awareness of the value of soils and soil science Visibility of soil scientists in their communities Highlight soils.org as the premiere place to find soils information The first video, about Soils sustaing life on our planet, can be viewed below, and higlights Soil as the foundation of life on earth and shows the EcoSystem Services (ESS) soils provide.
The Februari video, 'Soil Supports Urban Life', can be viewed below:
The coming plenary project meeting will be held in Padova, Italy, from March 16th - 20th 2015. The meeting is organised by Francesco Morari and colleagues from UNIPD in cooperation with the coordinator. The preliminary meeting program can be downloaded HERE. Required partners' contributions to the meeting will be sent by e-mail.
WorkPackage 2 (WP2) of the RECARE project is organising a session at the coming EGU General Assembly in Vienna, 12-17 April 2015. The session (SSS9.4 - Soil threats & Ecosystem ServicesSoil threats & Ecosystem Services) is convened by WP2 leader Dr. Jannes Stolte and by co-convener Dr. Jan Jacob Keizer.
The ecosystem services (ESS) concept is considered to be a useful communication tool to highlight the dependence of human well-being on ecosystems. It has the potential to bridge the gaps between ecology, economics and society in order to achieve sustainable resource management (Braat and de Groot, 2012). The term "ecosystem services" was first proposed in early 1980s to increase public awareness about the negative consequences of biodiversity loss on the human welfare (Ehrlich and Ehrlich, 1981; Mooney and Ehrlich, 1997). The release of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2003, 2005) led to the widespread integration of ESS in policy decision-making (Gómez-Baggethun et al., 2010). Soils are part of the biophysical structure, and provide, through its processes, ESS for human wellbeing. Recently, soil science has recognised the importance of the ESS concept for prevention and mitigation of soil degradation. There are many efforts to incorporate the ESS concept in soil policy making (Breure et al., 2012; Robinson et al., 2012), as it legitimates soil conservation practices by illustrating the broad value of healthy soils and it helps to evaluate them regarding trade-offs.