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Special invite from Dutch embassy to speak at a seminar in Zaragoza

  • Friday January 22nd, 2016

On Thursday, January 21st, 2016, The Netherland’s Embassy in Spain hosted a technical seminar in Zaragoza on the management of agricultural soil named “Each year is the Year of Soils: An improved management for better soil use”.

The theme of the day intends to play with the fact that 2015 was declared the International Year of Soil, highlighting the importance of soil in our ecosystems and the need to provide appropriate management all year around, every year. Sven Kallen and Egbert Sonneveld, both active in the LIFE10/ENV/471 “Crops for Better Soil” project and co-founders and representatives of Volterra Ecosystems, were invited to participate during the seminar for which they gave a presentation on their experience with several LIFE projects implemented in Spain. Two other projects were also explained, namely LIFE09/ENV/ES/447 “The Green Deserts” and LIFE11/ENV/ES/535  “Operation CO2”; all 3 have in common the execution of practical demonstration projects on soil improvement in Spain and are co-financed by the European Commission.Sven Kallen and Egbert Sonneveld, both active in the LIFE10/ENV/471 “Crops for Better Soil” project and co-founders and representatives of Volterra Ecosystems, were invited to participate during the seminar for which they gave a presentation on their experience with several LIFE projects implemented in Spain.

The event showcased the main problems that have arisen from years of inappropriate or incorrect agricultural soil management, and how they could be solved once sufficient awareness is raised. For instance, of the 15,000 million ha. of available arable land, 5 ha are degraded every year. This kind of alarming data presented during the event are just the beginning of efforts to create communal conscience on the subject of soil quality, a starting step to assuring a sustainable future that also provides more benefits for farmers.

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