SOILPRO - Monitoring for soil protection

LIFE08 ENV/IT/000428

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Contact details:

Project Manager: Edoardo COSTANTINI
Tel: +39-055-24912 22
Fax: +39 055 241485
Email: edoardo.costantini@crea.gov.it

Project description:


Recognising the extent of soil degradation and the associated environmental and social risks, the European Commission has proposed a Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection. Human activities, such as inappropriate agricultural and forestry practices, tourism, urban and industrial sprawl and construction are identified as the main threats in the strategy. Moreover, soil is vulnerable to natural processes and challenged by climate change impacts such as drought and floods. Local authorities lack the necessary know-how and expertise to understand the magnitude of the problem and fulfil the requirements of forthcoming EU legislation in this area. The fact that soil degradation is a slow process and affects large areas makes it even more difficult for Member States to identify areas at risk. However, a system based on historical data and using cutting-edge technology such as GIS and remote sensing could help local authorities to better understand the extent of the problem. Co-operation between local authorities and research institutes in a transnational context could also promote the development of spatial methodologies for monitoring and management of soil degradation.


The SOILPRO project has the overall objective of halting soil degradation in EU Member States in line with the Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection. It will do this by encouraging co-operation between local authorities and research institutes within a transnational environment, as this can promote the development of spatial methodologies for monitoring and managing soil degradation.

Other objectives of the project are targeted towards:

  • Developing a web-based application tool (Soil Monitoring Software) that can support local and regional authorities and Member States, in their efforts to effectively monitor, identify and assess areas at risk;
  • The application of the Soil Monitoring Software in two EU Regions: Sicily and Peloponnese;
  • Demonstrating a soil monitoring system to potential users in local and regional authorities and other stakeholders;
  • Building the capacity of stakeholders in soil monitoring and protection;
  • Showing examples of soil protection actions in risk areas identified by the use of a soil monitoring system;
  • Improving the effectiveness of soil protection measures; and
  • Raising public awareness on soil degradation.



Environmental issues addressed:


Land-use & Planning - Soil and landscape protection
Risk management - Industrial risks - Hazardous substances


monitoring‚  soil degradation‚  environmental assessment‚  risk management

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator Consiglio per la Ricerca e Sperimentazionein Agricoltura
Type of organisation Research institution
Description The Research Centre for Agro biology and Pedology (CRA-ABP) of the Italian Agricultural Research Council is a public research institution located in Florence. The CRA-ABP carries out research on the physical, chemical, mineralogical and biological properties of soil, and promotes awareness and conservation of soil.
Partners EKPA-University of Athens, Greece Region of Peloponnese, Greece Region of Sicily, Italy


Project reference LIFE08 ENV/IT/000428
Duration 01-JAN-2010 to 31-DEC -2014
Total budget 1,450,192.00 €
EU contribution 722,583.00 €
Project location Toscana(Italia) Sicilia(Italia)


Read more:

Brochure Brochure
Leaflet "SoilPro: Monitoring for soil protection" (17 MB)
Project web site Project's website
Project web site - 2 Project web-gis
Publication: Atlas-Cartography "The soil erosion risk map of the Sicilian Region ...
Publication: Guidelines-Manual "Manuale di buone pratiche contro i processi di de ...


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