Soil Health Living Labs & EU Soil Mission: download the NATI00NS factsheets

30 May 2023

The NATI00NS project has launched a comprehensive set of factsheets on the soil health living labs. These factsheets aim to provide valuable information and insights into the concept of Living Labs and Lighthouses, their significance in promoting sustainable practices, and their role in the EU Mission 'A Soil Deal for Europe'.

What you find in the factsheets

Living Labs and Lighthouses are instrumental in driving the adoption of sustainable practices by users and developing solutions tailored to local conditions. With the release of these factsheets, NATI00NS is going to enhance awareness and understanding of the importance of Living Labs and Lighthouses in achieving a sustainable future for European soil health.

The series of five factsheets produced by NATI00NS offers clear and concise information on the concept of Living Labs and Lighthouses, as well as their specific role within the EU Mission 'A Soil Deal for Europe'. One of the factsheets, titled "Funding Opportunities," provides an overview of the various types of Living Labs, the criteria for identifying Lighthouses, and the actions taken to support the development of Living Labs across Europe.

The remaining four focus on each type of Living Lab that will receive funding, categorised according to their specific land use. These categories include Agricultural, Forestry, (Post)Industrial, and Urban Living Labs. By delving into the unique characteristics and objectives of each type, the factsheets provide valuable insights for stakeholders in their respective fields.

Download the NATI00NS soil health factsheets on Zenodo 

All the factsheets are now available for download from Zenodo, a leading research data repository. Interested individuals, organisations, and stakeholders are encouraged to access and utilise these resources to gain a comprehensive understanding of soil health living labs and their potential impact on sustainable practices.

The NATI00NS project is committed to promoting sustainable practices and fostering collaboration among stakeholders to address the challenges related to soil health in Europe. The factsheets on soil health living labs are a significant milestone in their ongoing efforts to drive positive change and advance the EU Mission 'A Soil Deal for Europe'.

For more information about NATI00NS and to access the factsheets, please visit the NATI00NS community on Zenodo or select those you are more interested in from the following links:

Funding Opportunities

The factsheet “Funding Opportunities” provides a bird’s-eye view of the types of Living Labs, the criteria to identify the Lighthouses and the actions supporting the development of the Living Labs across Europe. 

Agricultural Land Use

Agricultural Living Labs can accelerate the development of new solutions to tackle soil health problems by bringing together innovative farmers and citizens, researchers and companies.

Forestry Land Use

Forestry Living Labs have the potential to accelerate the development towards sustainable forest soil management by finding and developing solutions to tackle soil health issues.

(Post)Industrial Land Use

Involving citizens, municipal administration, planners, land developers, researchers, and environmental officers in the LL co-creation processes might help to optimise the re-use of land in a way that involves soil information, soil ecosystem services, and risk management in the planning. 

Urban Land Use

Urban Soil Health Living Labs would be the platforms where different expertise can meet and collaborate to support policy decisions and interventions.

About NATI00NS

The main objective of NATI00NS is to facilitate the deployment of the EU Soil Mission across EU Member States and Associated Countries during most of its first ‘induction and pilot’ phase. NATI00NS acts as a messenger of the Mission, raising awareness among national and regional stakeholders, providing access to quality-checked capacity-building materials and information, spurring the discussions on the best Living Lab setups to address regional soil needs, and fostering early matchmaking for cross-regional LL clusters.

NATI00NS factsheets