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Soil Conservation in Europe: Wish or Reality?

Panagos, P. and Imeson, A. and Meusburger, K. and Borrelli, P. and Poesen, J. and Alewell, C.. (2016) Soil Conservation in Europe: Wish or Reality? Land Degradation & Development, 27 (6). pp. 1547-1551.

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Abstract

Nearly all of Europe is affected by soil erosion. A major policy response is required to reverse the impacts of erosion in degraded areas, particularly in light of the current climate change and water crisis. Soil loss occurs not because of any lack of knowledge on how to protect soils, but a lack in policy governance. The average rate of soil loss by sheet and rill erosion in Europe is 2 center dot 46Mgha(-1) yr(-1). To mitigate the impacts of soil erosion, the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy has introduced conservation measures which reduce soil loss by water erosion by 20% in arable lands. Further economic and political action should rebrand the value of soil as part of ecosystem services, increase the income of rural land owners, involve young farmers and organize regional services for licensing land use changes. In a changing World of 9 billion people with the challenge of climate change, water scarcity and depletion of soil fertility, the agriculture economy should evolve taking into account environmental and ecological aspects. Copyright (c) 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Umweltgeowissenschaften > Umweltgeowissenschaften (Alewell)
UniBasel Contributors:Alewell, Christine and Meusburger, Katrin and Borrelli, Pasquale
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:1085-3278
e-ISSN:1099-145X
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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