Ecomondo 2022
  • Thursday, November 10, 2022
  • 10:00 - 12:30
  • Memo
  • Diotallevi 2 Room South Hall
  • English

Organized by: Ecomondo Scientific Technical Committee & European Mission A Soil Deal for Europe, Re Soil Foundation                   

According to the 'Caring for Soil is Caring for life' report published by the European Commission in 2020, 60-70% of all European soils are unhealthy due to current management practices, pollution, urbanization, and the effects of climate change: specifically, 25% of soils in southern, central, and eastern Europe are at high or very high risk of desertification, while today's rate of soil reuse is stuck at 13%.  The estimated cost associated with soil degradation in the EU exceeds 50 billion euros/year. For these reasons, the health of this valuable non-renewable resource has been identified by the European Union as one of the 5 Missions - A Soil Deal for Europe - launched by the Commission to address science and innovation towards the challenges our society is facing.   Soil becomes a key element of the Green Deal to support Europe's growth aimed at achieving zero net soil consumption by 2050. Soil protection contributes to further challenging goals such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere by 55 percent by 2030 and achieving climate neutrality by 2050. In an increasingly uncertain economic and geopolitical context, in which Europe and Italy are facing a growing scarcity of raw materials, restoring the health of our soils, curbing their degradation and consumption will be crucial to increase our self-sufficiency and support the industrial revitalization of our country and Made in Italy.  Today, in Italy, more than a quarter of the land is degraded and soil consumption causes our country to lose about 2 square meters/second. That's why the National Coordination Group for the Bioeconomy (CNBBSV) of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, which also comprises the Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies – MIPAAF and the Ministry for Universities and Research - MUR, in collaboration with ISPRA, CREA and Re Soil Foundation (founded by University of Bologna, Coldiretti, Novamont and Turin Polytechnic), launches in Rimini the first States General for Soil Health conference, an open, shared and participatory advisory event which aims to set the course for soil regeneration, a non-renewable resource crucial to ensure life on Earth but increasingly at risk. The States General for Soil Health therefore intend to bring together the main national and international stakeholders and experts to draft a programmatic platform aimed at supporting the development of an Italian Soil Strategy, through the analysis of the environmental, economic, legislative and social scenario, of good practices and multidisciplinary and multi-actor existing projects, which are already providing answers in this direction. The States General for Soil Health will take place for the first time on 10 November 2022, with the aim of presenting the European policy framework in the morning session, and the state of the art at national level in the afternoon session.

International morning session

Session Chairs

Catia Bastioli, former member of EC Mission Soil health & food, member of Re Soil Foundation
Roberto Moncalvo, President of Coldiretti Piemonte, Re Soil Foundation Board Member


10.00 Welcome 
Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (TBC)
Catia Bastioli, former member of EC Mission Soil health & food, member of Re Soil Foundation
Angelo Riccaboni, EC Mission Soil health & food Italian representative 

10.10 Soil strategy for 2030: Soil in the European policy framework and international agendas

The Status of soil health – FAO point of view
Lucrezia Caon, Land and Water Officer FAO (Soil Management) 

Soil in the Union for the Mediterranean

Protect soil biodiversity – where are we going
Claudia Olazabal, Head of Unit, Natural Capital, Land use and Management, DG ENVI (TBC)

Directions for innovation in the CAP

11.00 Panel discussion
Moderated by: Roberto Moncalvo, President of Coldiretti Piemonte, Re Soil Foundation Board Member

Research & innovation in agriculture: best practices and challenges
Rattan Lal, Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources
Pedro Berliner, Emeritus Full Professor, The French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands
Eduardo Cuoco, Director, IFOAM Organics Europe
David Chiaramonti, Full Professor, Polytechnic University of Turin, Department of Energy, member of Re Soil Foundation

11.45 Horizon Mission Soil – The PREPSOIL project​
Margrethe Balling Høstgaard - PREPSOIL project manager - DCA, Aarhus University, Denmark

11.55 Q&A

12.10 Closure (by the chairs)