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1 European Soil Bureau Network Plenary Meeting European Society for Soil Conservation: An International Network to Improve Soil Protection José L. Rubio ESSC President Centro de Investigaciones sobre Desertificación-CIDE Valencia, Spain London Oct 2005

2 ESSC MISSION The European Society for Soil Conservation was founded on 4 th November 1988 (Leuven,Belgium) to promote soundly based policies of soil conservation in its broadest sense throughout the countries of Europe. The ESSC pursues its aims by: supporting investigations of soil degradation, soil erosion, and soil conservation, informing the public about major questions of soil conservation, collaborating with institutions and persons involved in practical conservation work.

3 ESSC FOUNDATION Consciousness of soil degradation as a European problem Need to develop conservation policies Need to take out soil problems from the academic world and bring them to the large public Emphasis on agricultural related problems Multidisciplinarity Overall enthusiasm

4 FIRST EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President: J. de Ploey Vice-Presidents: M. Sala, R.P.C. Morgan Secretary/Treasurer: G. Richter Members: G. Monnier, N. Misopolinos, H.R. Bork FIRST ESSC COUNCIL G. Chisci, M. Azevedo-Coutinho, A. Gonçales-Ferreira, D. Gabriels, I. Hakansson, L. Hansen, A. Imeson, J.P. Latridou, M. Rohdenburg, J.L. Rubio, U. Schwertmann, N. Silleos, H. Sticher, J. Thornes FIRST EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING 6-8 May 1989, Barcelona (Spain) FORMULATION OF ESSC STATUTES

5 FIRST ACTIVITIES(President Jan de Ploey) Reports from different countries Exchange of information Reports on new technologies, models, books, … Scientific co-operation with the Stering Group for soil Erosion and Soil Conservation of DG VI of EU Scientific co-operation with the Mediterranean Erosion Study Group Spectacular initial growth

6 Initial motivation of a new Society will be gone Forum for scientist, planners and managers From the Atlantic Ocean to the Ural Important contributions from Eastern countries Not success in attracts farmers, the general public and decision makers : Presidency of Prof. Dr. R.P.C. Morgan

7 Scientific co-operation with Réseau Erosion Reviews, scientific notes, research reports, thesis,… Co-operation with the Council of Europe Award of Young Scientists: The Jean de Ploey Prize, March 1993 Country Reports: Norway, Hungary, Belgium, Spain, Denmark ESSC Awards 1996: - Outstanding contribution to soil conservation. Second International ESSC Congress Development and Implementation of Soil Conservation Strategies for Sustainable Soil Use. 1-7 September, Freising (Germany)

8 : Presidency of Prof. Dr. Gerold Richter Scientific Co-operation with the Fifth Framework Programme of the European Commission Consolidation of relationship with Eastern Countries ESSC Task Forces Country Report : Norway, The Balaton Project (Hungary,Germany, MEDALUS) Publication Agreement with CAB International Third ESSC International Congress Man and Soil at the Third Millennium. 28 March-31 April, Valencia (Spain)

9 III International Congress Man and Soil at the Third Millenium President: J.L. Rubio 28 March – 1 April 2000 Valencia (SPAIN)

10 Challenges and opportunities Incorporating new technologies and approaches The concept of soil quality for soil multiuses and soil multifunctions Soil as a crucial link of global environmental problems like desertification, climate change, water management and loss of biodiversity The need to develop new approaches to soil conservation like bioengineering, which are more ecologically adapted The role of soil as climate regulating system Soil as the main source of food: new fertility concepts in a more ecological agriculture


12 ESSC Awards The ESSC honours major individual contributions to soil conservation through two awards made every four years at its Congresses. The awards are: In recognition of outstanding contributions to soil conservation and protection in Europe: Gerold Richter Award Young Persons Award

13 ESSC Newsletter Members receive a newsletter four times a year. The newsletter includes reports on erosion research and conservation projects, reports of meetings, letters, requests for information, announcements of forthcoming meetings and other Society activities, summaries of theses and reviews of publications. The newsletter also publishes occasional editions containing collections of papers around a theme. Recent thematic issues have been on The Lake Balaton Project; Soil Management in Norway; Soil Erosion, Soil Pollution and Soil Conservation Practices in Greece Contributions to the newsletter are accepted in English, French, German and Spanish.


15 ESSC Task Forces The society has established a series of Task Forces to investigate important soil conservation problems. Current Task Forces are concerned with: Soil quality criteria - indicators Soil erosion map of Europe Tolerable soil losses Data bank on erosion plot studies Rainfall erosivity map of Europe Snowmelt erosion and soil conservation Water conservation Long-term effect of land use on soil erosion in a historical perspective Research review for effective soil and water conservation Traditional Soil and Water Conservation Systems

16 Executive Committee President Prof. Dr. José Luis Rubio, Valencia, Spain Vice-Presidents Dr. Adám Kertész, Budapest, Hungary Prof. Dr. Carmelo Dazzi, Palermo, Italy Secretary Prof. Dr. Pavol Bielek, Bratislava, Slovakia Treasurer Dr. Wim Cornelis, Gent, Belgium Co-Treasurer Prof. Dr. Donald Gabriels Editor in Chief Dr. A. Mike Fullen, Wolverhampton WVI ISB, GB Co Editors for Spanish and German Prof. Dr. Antonio Rodriguez, Murcia, Spain Prof. Dr. Nicola Fohrer, Kiel, Germany Members Dr. Gerard Govers, Leuven, Belgium Prof. Dr. Ildefonso Pla Sentis, Spain Dr. Silvia Tobias, Zϋrich, Switzerland Dr. Per Schjonning, Tjele, Denmark




20 I World Conference of Representatives of International Soil Organizations New Soil Science Paradigms Valencia, Spain Noviembre 2006

21 Changing Soils in a Changing World: the Soils of Tomorrow

22 The presented papers will be focussed on the following main areas: Soil erosion;Soil erosion; Soil contamination;Soil contamination; Soil sealing;Soil sealing; Soil compactation;Soil compactation; Soil biodiversity;Soil biodiversity; Soil salinization;Soil salinization; Soil consumption;Soil consumption; Soil policy;Soil policy; Anthropogenic soils;Anthropogenic soils; Socio-economic aspects of soil degradation;Socio-economic aspects of soil degradation; ……………..……………..

23 ¡¡Still on Time¡¡

24 The Future Better consideration of soil problems Promoting highest scientific quality New soil conservation paradigms and approaches European base: EU Soil Protection Links with other International Soil Society Incorporating soil problems to the Global Agenda

25 Thanks for your attention ¡¡¡ Thanks for your attention ¡¡¡and… If you wish to joint ESSC:

26 THE FIRST THREE YEARS ( ) Statutes Meetings Executive/Council Steady growth: 450 members Period of rooting Publications of proceedings..... Bridge to former Eastern European Countries

27 Some Problems The lack of good basic data on soils, climate and socio-economies The lack of long-term experimental work The need for more attention to some erosion process like those generated from torrential rain which produces massive soil displacement The need to consider the economics of soil erosion The lack of succes in attracting farmers, planners and managers; and The weakness of erosion predictions

28 OBJECTIVES: The main objectives of the 5 th ESSC International Congress is to promote exchange and discussion about the problems that affect the soils due to the pressure of Man on Soils and Landscape that year after year is becoming more and more evident and to stimulate the soil awareness in the civil society.

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