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- Research challenges for the future – what do policy-makers, end-users of research and scientists need and want
- Boundaries of research and knowledge – demands from society
- State-of-the-art projects in Europe on sustainable soil and land management
- Meet with like-minded European stakeholders and research funders"
This year's World Soil Day is dedicated to research. Research generates knowledge and knowledge is the backbone for managing our land and soil sustainably. According to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN, we are striving for a land degradation neutral world by the year 2030. The European Commission wants to achieve no more net land take in Europe by latest 2050. Do we have enough knowledge how to accomplish these goals? Do we know, which soil services our societies need to address the challenges, such as climate change, migration and resource security? Are we sufficiently aware about the net-impacts of your land management decisions on regional, European and global scale in as much as for future generations?
Current knowledge gaps in Europe and available options to close them are key issues for discussion at World Soil Day 2017. Policy-makers, end-users of research and scientists will share where they perceive the most crucial knowledge gaps and express their demands and expectations for future European and transnational science and research. A special track will bring together funders to discuss options for the implementation of transnational research.