Working together towards and innovative approach to land care

 
Participants of the training lined up in front of soil monoliths in the ISRIC-World Soil Museum, one of the venues of the meeting Photo (copyright: Erik van den Elsen).

ISRIC hosts training on stakeholder interaction

Rather than suggesting soil conservation measures through a top-down approach, the RECARE (Preventing and Remediating degradation of soils in Europe through Land Care) project uses an innovative trans-disciplinary approach, actively integrating and advancing knowledge of all core stakeholders involved and aiming at a process of mutual learning.

As part of the ongoing EU project RECARE , 24 participants from across Europe gathered at Wageningen campus from 15-19 September 2014 to participate in a training on how to organise and run stakeholder workshops.

The participants themselves will be moderators soon and hold stakeholder workshops at their own case study sites to identify promising prevention, remediation and restoration measures for the local soil threat(s) identified. Rather than suggesting soil conservation measures through a top-down approach, RECARE uses an innovative trans-disciplinary approach, actively integrating and advancing knowledge of all core stakeholders involved and aiming at a process of mutual learning.

ISRIC coordinates the activity in the RECARE project that looks into the selection of measures to be implemented at the 17 case study sites in Europe from 2016 onwards. Main activities include the provision of tailor-made guidelines for each stakeholder workshop, and the organisation of training events for moderators to facilitate their task at case study site level.

As the first in a series of four, the training aimed at facilitating the work of the moderators, thus also harmonising the stakeholder-based RECARE approach across all 17 case study sites. The training was jointly organised by ISRIC – World Soil Information, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), the Ecologic Institute and the University of Gloucestershire. The training touched upon various topics, among which: 1) the introduction of a stakeholder learning platform, 2) a field visit to the Dutch RECARE case study site at Olden-Eibergen, where innovative approaches and technologies on soil organic matter loss are being developed, 3) documentation of approaches in soil conservation measures, and 4) policies and dissemination in relation to land management.