WORLDSOILS Participates in the Third EU Soil Observatory Stakeholders Forum

The annual EUSO Stakeholder Forum organised by the EU JRC seeks engaging and exchanging with the soil community: from policy makers and scientists to local actors, civil society representatives and citizens. This year, the forum has adopted the form of two major events:

  • From the 15th to the 17 of November, the EUSO Technical Working Groups met on-line. Since October 2021, six focused Technical Working Groups were established to deepen into specific matters relative to Soil erosion, Data sharing and integration, Soil pollution, Soil monitoring, Soil biodiversity and Carbon Monitoring, Reporting and Verification. 60 presentations were delivered to 700+ registered attendants. WORLDSOILS SOC prediction system was presented during the carbon MRV session, emphasizing the results obtained over the regions of Wallonia, the Czech Republic and Central Macedonia. The discussion covered some issues found during the validation process such as the invalid soil pixels found on image borders, issues found on cloud removal when classifying soil pixels, data quality and haze effects. The provision of uncertainty maps linked to the SOC prediction maps was well received and appreciated by the attendants.
  • From the 21st to the 23rd of November 2023, the European Soil Mission Week took place in Madrid, organised by DG AGRI in the context of the Horizon Europe Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’ (Mission Soil) and with more than 1.000 attendees. Team members from AUTH and GMV represented WORLDSOILS on site while others could attend on-line. Soil health has been the focus subject across climate adaptation and mitigation, food production, waste valorisation, transition to sustainable farming systems, together with the necessary social, economic and cultural transformations to achieve soil health. The work and results attained by WORLDSOILS paved the discussions on the role of SOC.

The conclusions of the EUSO TWG were presented to the broader audience in one of the session. A sketched summary is shown in the image below (© Carlottacat.com).