EIP AGRI Focus Group Meeting on Protecting Agricultural Soils from Contamination

  • DATE / TIME:
    2019/11/19    08:30 - 2019/11/20    18:30
    Portugal, Lisbon

    Organisers: EIP-AGRI, European Commission

    Soil contamination can originate from different sources both natural and anthropogenic. The anthropogenic sources of contamination include mining and industrial activities as well as agricultural practice. Therefore, better management of agricultural soils (waste management, optimal fertilisation and pest management) could significantly improve soil quality and protect valuable soils from contamination.

    UNU-FLORES expert, Dr Lulu Zhang, is among 20 experts selected by the European Commission for a Focus Group that will look at the main soil pollutants and the best practices that would enable to minimise the harmful effects to agricultural soils as well as discuss the available technologies that help to restore the soils already suffering from pollutants. It will also look for possible barriers in using these technologies, new opportunities, and identify knowledge gaps and the needs for further research.

    Together with the coordinating expert Pandi Zdruli (EIP AGRI) and responsible expert Magdalena Mach (European Commission, DG AGRI), they provide their expertise on questions addressing emerging issues. The overarching question of the Focus Group is: How to prevent agricultural soil contamination and how to address the problem of contaminated soils?

    In order to answer this, the Focus Group is expected to carry out the following tasks at this meeting:

    • Identify the main soil pollutants in different regions and challenges each of them poses.
    • Review existing knowledge about ways to measure soil contamination and share information.
    • Identify innovative methods to prevent soil contamination in particular through improved management on farm.
    • Identify a set of good practices to prevent agricultural soil contamination from various sources and to remedy agricultural soil contamination.
    • Identify remaining research needs from practice and propose possible directions for further research on soil contamination.
    • Propose priorities for innovative actions by suggesting ideas for Operational Groups to test solutions for the prevention of soil contamination or remediation of contaminated soils and other ways to exchange the practical knowledge gathered beyond the Focus Group.

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    Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária, I.P. (INIAV)
    Research Unit of Animal Production and Health
    Quinta da Fonte Boa
    2005-768 Vale de Santarém,