• Thursday, October 28, 2021
  • 09:45 - 13:00
  • Memo
  • Diotallevi 1 Room South Hall
  • Italian
  • English

Organized by: Ecomondo Scientific Technical Committee, European Mission for Soil Health and Food, Re Soil Foundation, Coldiretti   

Life on Earth depends on healthy soils. The soil under our feet is a living system – home to many fascinating plants and animals, whose invisible interactions ensure our well-being and that of the planet. Soils provide us with nutritious food and other products as well as with clean water and flourishing habitats for biodiversity. At the same time, soils can help slow the onset of climate change and make us more resilient to extreme climate events such as droughts and floods. Soils preserve our cultural heritage and are a key part of the landscapes that we all cherish. Simply put, healthy living soils keep us, and the world around us, alive. Although we pay very little attention to soil, which is a fragile resource that needs to be carefully managed and safeguarded for future generations. One centimeter of soil can take hundreds of years to form but can be lost in just a single rainstorm. Even where soil degrades more slowly hidden beneath our feet, the effects are severe and difficult to reverse.  60-70% of EU soils are unhealthy, 25% of land are at high or very high risk of desertification in Southern, Central and Eastern Europe. It is estimated that the costs associated with soil degradation in the EU exceed 50 billion € per year. All this not only affects our economy, but also safe food production and what nature provides for humanity to survive. The European Commission Mission's goal is that by 2030, at least 75% of all soils in each EU Member State are healthy or show significant improvement. So, we need to act now!

The conference will offer an overview of the evolution of strategies and policies closely related to soil health and will show case studies of how a regenerative agriculture and the circular bioeconomy, which see their starting and ending point in the soil, represent an essential tool for reversing the course of soil degradation, creating value in the territories.

Section Chairs

Catia Bastioli, Member of the EC Mission Board for Soil Health and Food
Kerstin Rosenow, Head of Unit Research and Innovation, DG AGRI

Programme

9.35 Welcome by the Chair

9.40 Giancarlo Giorgetti, Minister of Economic Development

9.50 Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (TBC)

10.00 Andrea Tilche, Representative of Italian Ministry for Ecological Transition

10.10 Angelo Riccaboni, national representative of the Mission Soil Health and Food (TBC)

10.20 Soil Health and Food policy framework

The European Mission Soil Health and Food
Catia Bastioli, Member of the EC Mission Board for Soil Health and Food

The Farm to Fork strategy within the new Common Agricultural Policy
Tassos HANIOTIS, Director of Strategy, Simplification and Policy Analysis in the Directorate General for Agriculture of the European Commission

Soil care in the Biodiversity Strategy 2030
César Luena, MEP, rapporteur of the Parliament on Biodiversity Strategy 2030 (TBC)

Circular bioeconomy as an essential tool to create value reversing the course of soil degradation
Peter Wehrheim, Head of the Bioeconomy and Food Systems Unit

The European Action Plan for organic farming
Eduardo Cuoco, Director of IFOAM Organics Europe

New funding opportunities in sustainability and biodiversity
Marco Falzetti, Director of the Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE)

11.20 Research and innovation networks for soil quality 

The regenerative movement Kiss The Ground
Representative of the movement

The lighthouse farm project
Giulia Bongiorno, Researcher at the soil biology Group of Wageningen
Mariana De Bernardini, coordinator of the lighthouse network

The community hub for all things soil: the lighthouse network in UK
Bridget Emmet, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Regeneration for clean and healthy soil: the Italian case history
Roberto Moncalvo Re Soil Foundation

Call for papers: the most innovative solutions for soil health and food

Toward healthier soils increasing SOC and storing CO2: the Black To the Future project (funded by Eit-Food)
Nicolas Greggio, University of Bologna

From Enochar to Long Term Experiment Platform (LTEP): assessing long term effects of compost and biochar application to soils and circular patterns
Diego Marrazza, University of Bologna

Biodegradable plastics: effects on functionality and fertility of two different soils
Martina Mazzon, University of Bologna

ZERO The interactive guide to non-waste
Barbara Molinario, Road to green 2020

12.40 Conclusion by the chair

POSTER SESSION

Creation of an Area Brand in the protected territories of Mount Etna and Alcantara River
Valerio Salvatore Del Fiume, University of Catania