Assessment and Governance of Sustainable Soil Management

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January 2020
310 pages
  • ISBN978-3-03921-479-2 (Paperback)
  • ISBN978-3-03921-480-8 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Assessment and Governance of Sustainable Soil Management that was published in

Business & Economics
Environmental & Earth Sciences
Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities

The role of soils for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is multifarious. Soils are the essential basis for food and biomass provision in support of food security (SDG 2) and energy security (SDG 7). Soil carbon sequestration is paramount for climate action (SDG 13). Soil-mediated water purification and retention, nutrient and matter cycling, and soils habitat functions are essential for maintaining ecosystem services and biodiversity (SDG 15). Healthy soils perform well in all these functions simultaneously. However, the globally increasing demand for food, fiber, and bio-based products poses massive challenges to soil health. Minimizing trade-offs between biomass production and soil health requires systemic approaches to assessment and governance of sustainable soil management in agriculture and food systems. It provides interdisciplinary insights into key questions: What are the impacts of agricultural management practices on sustainability targets in specific geophysical and socio-economic contexts? What are the opportunities and risks of future trends such as climate change, digitalization, and emerging technologies for soil management and soil health? How can institutions and governance instruments be improved to enable decision makers to take action on sustainable soil management? The book was initiated in the frame of the National German research program ‘BonaRes—Soil as a sustainable resource for the bioeconomy’, and it is meant to trigger interdisciplinary thinking.

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conservation agriculture; crop–livestock interactions; Syria; soil health; agricultural innovation; arid oasis; combination of modern and indigenous knowledge; Driver-Pressure-State-Impact-Response sustainability framework; bayesian network; soil functions; conservation agriculture; conventional farming; zero tillage; environmental zones; phosphorus; legal comparison; governance; sustainable agriculture; fertilization; soil protection; Germany; Costa Rica; Nicaragua; crop rotation modelling; spatially explicit; dynamic programming; gross income; carob; yield; soils; desertification; coffee by-products; nutrient composition; N leaching; production; so-called organic fertilizer; ecosystem services; governance; institutions; land; property rights; soils; sustainability; landowner; tenant; rent price; rent proportion; yield potential; sustainable soil management; soil degradation; soil functions; soil framework directive; soil policy; soil threats; contamination; sealing; soil compaction; risk assessment; soil functions; soil management; subsoil; compaction; agricultural yields; soil functions; societal acceptance; farmer motivations; subsoil loosening; alfalfa; sustainable soil management; resource scarcity; Germany; ecosystem services; soil food web; earthworms; monitoring; water infiltration; agricultural policy; behavioural studies; literature review; soil functions; soil pressures; justifying soil protection; sustainable soil management; creation ethics; Laudato si’; property rights; German Constitutional Law; soil; ecosystem services; land management; soil remediation; Europe; soil functions; agricultural practices; sustainability assessment; ecosystem services; resource use efficiency; soil policy; soil governance