Soil Biota driven Ecosystem Services
in European Agriculture
22nd – 23rd October 2019, Thünen-Institute Braunschweig, Germany
The key questions to be addressed during the 1 ½ day event are:
How can adapted agricultural management promote soil biota and how does soil biodiversity feed back with ecosystem services benefitting farmers and society?
The first session will focus at demonstrating how soil biodiversity works for agriculture if agriculture cares about soil biodiversity. We will look at soil processes driven by soil organisms like nutrient cycling, carbon dynamics, water storage and release, soil health, soil structure development being essential for a sustainable and productive agriculture.
The second session will look at synergies and trade-offs between supporting, regulating and provisioning soil ecosystem services taking into account time-legacy and beneficiaries of the services.
In the third session attention will be given on how to incentivise farmers for a better soil (biota) protection and how to further valorise soil-based ecosystem services through policy instruments, in particular the future Common Agriculture Policy (CAP).