On monday the 7th of Dicember 2015, the Final Report of the SOILPRO project has been finally delivered!

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A scientific publication regarding the soil protection measures in Sicily, published on Advances in Geoecology, 2015. Using a Spatial Data Infrastructure in Land Planning and Application of Soil Protection Measures: A Case Study in Sicily

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"Soil protection in Peloponnese with SOILPRO"

The video produced by the Region of Peloponnese with the SOILPRO funds, now on youtube.

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"Soil protection in Sicily with SOILPRO"

The video produced by the Region of Sicily with the SOILPRO funds, now on youtube.

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The evaluation of the Rural Development Program of Sicily for the year 2013, cited in the methodology

the use of the soil erosion risk map produced by the SOILPRO project (on pag. 101).

The document has been compiled by the Agriconsulting company. 

Here you can download the evaluation document

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A new SOILPRO brochure has been produced

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As a result of the collaboration between the 2 projects of CRA, SOILPRO and Agritransfer in SUD, The 11th March 2014 CRA-ABP has activated a web-community (comunità di pratiche, CdP) on the issue of soil protection, called CdP SOILPRO inside the Agritransfer web-portal. This web-community is the greatest result of the SOILPRO project inside the "Awareness campaign against soil degradation process targeting soil users and all stakeholders (Action 8)", because it will assure that the objectives of the project will be pursue also after the end of the project. 

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ANNUAL TECHNICAL PUBBLICATION YEAR 2012

Relazione Annuale di Esecuzione 2012 PSR Sicilia 2007-2013

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THREE ANNUAL TECHNICAL PUBBLICATIONS OF THE PROJECT (YEARS 2012, 2013 AND 2014)

31/03/2015 Three annual technical pubblication have been produced by the SOILPRO project. 0 comments

The Hand-book on good practices against soil degradation in Peloponnese now available!

26/03/2015 The Hand-book on good practices against soil degradation in Peloponnese has finally been puoblished! 0 comments

The Hand-book on good agricultural practices in Sicily now available!

15/03/2015 The Handbook on good agricultural practices against soil degradation in Sicily has been finally pulished. 0 comments

It's now published the final and complete regional plan of soil protection measures of Sicily.

26/03/2015 It's now published the final and complete regional plan of soil protection measures of Sicily, which is gathering all together the soil protection measures promoted during these years through the collaboration of the SOILPRO project. 0 comments

The erosion risk map of Sicily, published on Journal of Maps (scientific journal)

18/09/2014 Assessing the risk areas of soil erosion caused by water at the regional level is important for current and future planning of land use and environmental actions to combat land degradation.... 0 comments

SCIENTIFIC PUBBLICATION ON THE RESULTS OF FIRST SOIL MONITORING IN SICILY

01/11/2013 THE POTENTIAL OF γ-RAY SPECTROSCOPY FOR SOIL PROXIMAL SURVEY IN CLAYEY SOILS. International Journal of Environmental Quality 0 comments

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New soil protection measures are going to be inserted in the RDP 2014-2020 in Sicily. Here it is the draft version:

Under the Measure 10, agro-climatic-environmental measures (article 28 of the EU Regulation 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the European Council of the 17th December 2013) have been inserted the following soil protection measures:


-Contrasting hydro geological instability and recovery of traditional agricultural landscape: 4a) recovery of traditional terraced agricultural systems; 4/b) establishment or recovery of agricultural hydraulic works;-Implementation of Conservation Agriculture (sod seeding of autumn-winter cereals).
The soil protection measures proposed belongs to the Priority 4 and 5 for Agriculture, defined in the Regulation 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the European Council of the 17th December 2013:
-Priority 4 – Preservation, recovery and valorisation of the ecosystems dependant from agriculture and forestry; -Priority 5 – Encourage the efficient use of environmental resources and of the landscape, to go to a low carbon emission economy.   
The actions proposed contribute to the Focus Areas:
-4a) biodiversity conservation, restoration and improvement, including the areas of Natura 2000 and the areas under natural or other specific restrictions, in the agriculture with high naturalistic value,  inside the landscape legislation of Europe; 
-4b) better management of hydric resources, including the pesticides and fertilizer management; -4c) soil protection against soil erosion and better soil management; -5d) reduction of the greenhouse gases emissions and of the ammonia emitted by agriculture;  -5e) promoting carbon sequestration in the agricultural and forestal sectors.

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The Region of Peloponnese has produced and published the video on the issue of soil protection in greek language. 

The draft version of the video is published here...

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Primary schools participated to demonstration activities at the CRA-ABP center.

Phisical, chemical, biological aspects of soils have been shown to childrens. The soil biodiversity and conservation, soil surveying and mapping have been explained  with practical applications. 

Hundred of childrens participated to the 2 events held in 2011 and 2013. 

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The first conference of the SOILPRO Project in Greece has been held in Tripoli (Peloponnese) on the issue of Soil Protection, the 25th November 2013.

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SOILPRO IN ACTION THE FIRST RESULTS IN FIELD ...

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The Geographike company has made its final delivery in June 2013.


Here is the accompaining document
All the deliverbales have been tested and approved by CRA-ABP, but they cannot be uploaded in the SOILPRO web-site because they are too heavy!

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The RUSLE model has been applied also in Peloponnese 

and the resulting erosion risk map have been uploaded to the SMS...

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Monitoring Sampling Trip in the pilot area of Sicily, held from 19th to 22th March 2013

The monitoring team was composed by the following personnel:

Simone Priori, Maria Fantappiè and Sergio Pellegrini, for CRA-ABP,

Nadia  Bianconi for the Geographike company,

Giuseppe Ferrigno for the University of Palermo,

Fabio Guaitoli for the Region of Sicily,

with the collaboration of the personnel of the Regional Offices of the Region of Sicily (Girolamo Coppola in the picture).


Ten fields were sampled. About 2 houndred soil samples were collected to be analysed either by CRA-ABP and by the Region of Sicily. The MOLE soil sensor was used to scan the gamma ray decay of the radio active trace elements k40, th232,u238 and cs... for more informations on mole read here...

Many pictures and videos were done of the field trip...


see more pictures...

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The soil survey of the Region of Peloponnese has been delivered in due time on the 15th of January 2013. 75 minipits have been done and 108 samples have been collected and analysed for:


particle size according to the Soil Taxonomy USDA methodology (5 classes of sand, silt, clay), organic matter, salinity, ESP, pH, and base saturation of the exchange complex, according to USDA methodology (Soil survey laboratory information manual version 1.0 and 2.0 USDA http://soils.usda.gov/survey/nscd/lim/).


The 75 minipits have been described (i.e. the soil depht has been indicated for each of the 75 minipits), and classified with WRB 2006 and Soil Taxonomy 2010.
429 pictures have been taken of either the digged minipts and of the landscapes.

See some examples in the linked gallery...

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The soil survey of the Region of Peloponnese has been completed and results will be delivered before the 15th of January 2013.




See the gallery of the field work...

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1600 sicilian farmers 

made request to join the agroenvironmental measures 214/1G and 216/A2, of which 1200 were accepted. 

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On 17th December 2012. A regional conference was promoted by the Assessorato per le Risorse Agricole e Alimentari. Dipartimento Interventi Infrastrutturali per l’Agricoltura Area II – Studi e programmazione, of the Region of Sicily.


Soil, agriculture and territory: a possible equilibrium. 

The Region of Sicily, the CRA-ABP, the University of Studies of Palermo, the University "La sapienza" of Rome, The University of Studies of Messina, and 8 representatives of sicilian agricultural organizations have discussed together with the sicilian land owners about soil protection and the Soilpro project methodology to find the best soil protection practices: more efficient and sustainable. 

Read more...

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The SOILPRO questionnaires were elaborated 

in italian language.

Two versions of the questionnaires are available ... short for whole public, and large for farmers.

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EKPA and the Agristudio Company signed the Contract to Soil Survey the Region Peloponnese

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The SOILPRO brochure produced

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The measures 214/1G and 216/A2 of Rural Development Program (RDP) Sicilia 2007-2013 were presented on 10th May 2012 at the Chamber of Commerce Industry Craftsmanship and Agriculture of Messina. 

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The Soilpro project was pubblished and disseminated in Eleutheria (May 2012), a popular paper of Greece (see page 47)

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The Soilpro project was published and disseminated in Terrà DOC (Dec-Jan/2012), a popular paper of Sicily

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The “Soil erosion risk map of Sicily” produce by the SOILPRO PROJECT was approved by an official regional act (Regional Decree # 1835 dated 22 December 2011) with the aim of assessing the effects of Rural Development Program (PSR) Sicilia 2007-2013 agro-environmental measures.


The Map was realized through the application of the RUSLE model, using the environmental indicators, the layers (climate layers, cadastrian parcels, land use/land cover, land management, terraced areas layer, forest fires) and the GIS database defined as part of Soilpro project activities. The map legend includes 5 classes with different risk of soil loss: from none or very low to severe or very severe.
The Map was used as base mapping to process the measure 214/1G, of Rural Development Program (RDP) Sicilia 2007-2013, “Contrasting hydro geological instability and recovery of traditional agricultural landscape”, that will be a part of a Soil protection measure plan for Region of Sicily. This proposal was discussed during the Vigilance Committee Of Rural Development Program (RDP) Sicilia 2007-2013 Held In Palermo On 8th June 2011. The Map was transmitted officially to the regional offices of the Extension Services of the Agriculture Department and to the independent evaluator of the PSR Sicilia 2007-2013 (Agriconsulting company) commissioned by Sicilian Region to organize the Environmental Monitoring Plan of the RDP Sicilia 2007-2013 and to process and edit Environmental Assessment Report of the RDP Sicilia 2007-2013.
Several meetings were carried out with our regional offices of the Extension Services of Agriculture Department in order to define the Regional Decree of 2012 about “cross-compliance" of CAP using the Regional Map of the risk areas for erosion in the implementation of the specific measure aimed to protect the soil from erosion. We are working to define the areas where to apply the devices provided by this measure. The approval of the Regional Decree is expected within March, after consultation with trade associations and other stakeholders.

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