Soil and land are valuable and vital, but also finite (very slowly renewable) resources that due to their essential functions for people, planet and profit have to be used in a sustainable way. Workshop proposals could dive into cases where land and soil are dealt with in a circular way, taking into account their different functions.
- Soil and sediment as a provider of vital ecosystem services (food, water, climate regulation, etc.) e.g. with cases on implementing circular soil and land management: natural water system, urban farming systems, permaculture, agroforestry, erosion control, combat desertification, nutrient recycling, nature based solutions, irrigation systems, reforestation, conservation agriculture, crop and livestock integrated farming systems, among others.
- Land as the spatial platform for all societal activities, e.g. with cases on circular land use safeguarding open space and resilient land: value creation by circular and integrated brownfield and blackfield redevelopment (including temporary use, new business models), circular territorial development and urban metabolism, ELFM² (enhanced landfill mining and management)
- Land as the provider of materials and energy: Excavated soil/sediment as secondary raw (building) material. Geothermal energy as provider of green energy, e.g. with cases on: safe reuse of excavated soil and sediment, traceability, land reclamation, geothermal energy, etc.
- Land and soil as the grounding of our whole ecosystem that need to be protected in order to safeguard global and long term balance, e.g. with cases on: land and soil stewardship building, socioeconomic processes to support closing loops in order to protect soil and land quality: awareness raising, capacity building, stakeholder participation and decision-making, citizen science, knowledge brokers, global land use planning & metabolism, etc.
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