This report synthesises the findings of the SoCo project and translates them into conclusions and recommendations. It reviews soil degradation processes, soil conservation practices and policy measures at European level. The analysis is taken to the local scale by means of ten case studies distributed over three macro-regions. Aggregated environmental benefits of adopting particular soil conservation practices are explored with model calculations. Finally, the report discusses the effectiveness and efficiency of instruments for soil protection, maintenance and improvement in Europe, exploring opportunities and critical issues linked to the adoption of conservation practices.

Author names: 
SoCo Project Team
Year: 
2009
Reference: 

SoCo Project Team (2009). Final report on the project 'Sustainable Agriculture and Soil Conservation'. http://soco.jrc.ec.europa.eu/documents/EUR-23820-web.pdf.

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