Soil health from a forest land-use perspective

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Thematic Event on soil health from a forest land-use perspective

Considering the role of soils in mitigating climate change, the European Union has commissioned new soil directives with a new soil deal for Europe where 100 living labs focusing on soil health and different land uses will be established. Forestry is a vital economic activity for many nations and is also highly reliant on soils, which is a vital component for regulating ecosystem processes. As part of the soil awareness campaign, this event will focus on understanding the interactions between forestry and soil properties directly and indirectly. We would like to initiate discussions about how the concepts of soil health and living labs could be understood and applied within forestry and across forested landscapes.

In this event, we will focus on:

  1. how impacts of forestry on soils are intensified across geographical locations where soils become more susceptible to e.g. soil erosion in semi-arid and dry areas;
  2. how to address the monitoring of soil indicators considering rotation periods (short 20-23 years vs long 50-70 years) and difference in forest management practices (mixed vegetation vs mono cultures).


Event Agenda

Part 1 40 minutes
10:00-10:20 Welcome and introduction to the theme and Nati00ns
Hjalmar Laudon, SLU
10:20-10:40 Keynote speech: Soil health and forest climate change mitigation potential
Raisa Mäkipää, LUKE


Part 2 40 minutes

Panel discussion 

Liisa Pietola, EU Soil Mission Board
José Ramón Olarieta, Universidad de Lleida
Raisa Mäkipää, LUKE
Moderator: Hjalmar Laudon, SLU


Part 3 30 minutes

Break-out rooms

What are the main soil health challenges in forest land-use across Europe?


Part 4 30 minutes
11:30 Wrap up and MatchMaking session

The fifth thematic event in a series of six

The thematic event Soil health from a forestry land-use perspective, organised by Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), takes place on 25 January 2024 at 10:00 CET. It explicitly addresses two objectives of the EU Mission: A Soil Deal for Europe: prevent erosion and improve soil structure to enhance biodiversity.

These compelling series of six European-wide events are conducted entirely online, featuring impactful introductions to specific topics by esteemed keynote speakers and real-world practitioners. 

To further facilitate collaboration, NATI00NS will unveil matchmaking opportunities through our dedicated Matchmaking Platform during these events. This initiative aims to connect like-minded individuals, organizations, and experts, fostering partnerships that contribute to the collective mission of nurturing healthy soils across Europe.

Join us on this exciting journey of exploration, knowledge sharing, and collaboration as we embark on a series of events dedicated to advancing the cause of sustainable soil management. Together, let’s build a foundation for a healthier and more resilient future!



Thematic events, what comes next:

15 February 2024 10:00 – 12:00 CET
Soil decontamination
Organisers: Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation (IUNG)

Explore the previous events:

24 January 2024 10:00 – 12:00 CET
Smart Soils: Smart Specialisation meets EU Soil Mission

18 January 2024 10:00 – 12:00 CET
Industry engagement for sustainable soil health: Joining living labs
Organiser: BusinessMed

11 January 2024  10:00 – 12:00 CET
Beyond gender barriers in the agrifood system: Innovative women improving food & soil health
Organiser: Eit-Food

14 December 2024 10:00 – 12:00 CET
Breaking ground together: Solutions for urban and post-industrial soil de-sealing
Organiser: Politecnico di Milano

Thematic event
Online, virtual event