Pilot case studies

Pilot case studies

The pilot projects are experimental and time-bound local examples of the HuMUS methodology to implement participatory governance of soil health issues at municipal and regional levels.

Using the biological district multi-stakeholder approach, HuMUS selects stakeholders to develop Territorial Management Agreements at the local or regional levels. In the selected territories, HuMUS consortium partners identified 14 exemplary cases that represent good practices of participatory soil health management and analyse and test the case studies’ replicability in the home region of each project partner. These cases could be part of future Living Labs or Lighthouses under the Soil Mission.

Over time, Territorial Management Agreements will crystallise the results of structured dialogues to co-design public and private strategies to improve and restore soil health at regional and local levels in coherence with existing EU legislation and the forthcoming EU Soil Health Law.

The 14 pilot cases described below organise territorial workshops during 2024 to reach a territorial management agreement that will replicate in other territories during 2025.

A greenhouse in a garden

Sierra Nevada (Granada, Andalusia, Spain)

Focus: Soil & regenerative grazing (mountain areas), Land use: Agriculture

Good practice: Participatory methods and approaches for improving soil management in traditional farming systems in mountain areas

Workshop dates: 21 May 2024

Partner organisation: Agencia de Gestión Agraria y Pesquera de Andalucía (AGAPA)

Altiplano de Granada y Almería (Andalusia, Spain)

Focus: Soil & regenerative agriculture (semi-arid areas), Land use: Agriculture

Good practice: Participatory methods and approaches for the promotion of products from regenerative agriculture

Workshop dates: 22 May 2024

Partner organisation: Agencia de Gestión Agraria y Pesquera de Andalucía (AGAPA)

Calenzano (Tuscany, Italy)

Focus: Soil & biodiversity, Land use: Urban / Agriculture

Good practice:  Participatory methods and tools for the constitution of the Organic District 

Workshop dates: 16 April, 19 May 2024

Partner organisation: ANCI Toscana

Fiesole (Tuscany, Italy)

Focus: Soil & landscape preservation, Land use: Urban/Agricultural

Good practice: Participatory methods and tools for the constitution of the Organic District

Workshop dates: 27 June 2024

Partner organisation: ANCI Toscana

Cáceres and Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)

Focus: Soil & water quality, Land use: Agriculture

Good practice: Diffusion of fertilization recommendations by a free and open
web platform

Workshop dates: 29 February, June 2024

Partner organisation: Asociación Empresarial de Investigación Centro Tecnológico Nacional Agroalimentario Extremadura (CTAEX)

Angers Loire Métropole (Pays de la Loire, France)

Focus: Soil & land preservation, Land use: Agriculture / urban

Good practice: Awareness of local authorities for soil and agronomic quality conservation: fostering the soil as heritage and natural capital.

Workshop dates: 15 and 18 April 2024

Partner organisation: Chambre Régionale d’Agriculture des Pays de la Loire
(CAPDL)

Ooststellingwerf (Friesland, the Netherlands)

Focus: Soil & regenerative agriculture, Land use: Agriculture

Good practice: Co-creation to overcome soil threats (permanent grassland and regenerative agriculture approaches)

Workshop dates: 27 March 2024

Partner organisation: Stichting Louis Bolk Instituut (LBI)

Stuttgart City (Germany)

Focus: Soil & urban agriculture, Land use: Urban and peri-urban

Good practice: Replication and exchange of Good practices between different regions and cities (food production, supply and improvement of soil health, green corridor between densely populated cities)

Workshop dates: 16, 25, 30 April, 16 May, 10 August 2024

Partner organisation: Ernährungsrat Stadtregion Stuttgart EV. (ERSTR_UHOH)

North Rhine-Westphalia Region (Germany)

Focus: Soil & biology, Land use: Agriculture

Good practice: Assessing and showcasing the value of biological indicators in evaluating soil health status

Workshop dates: 20 June 2024

Partner organisation: Landwirtschaftskammer Nordrhein-Westfalen (LWK_NRW)

Central Stara Planina Region (Bulgaria)

A handful of soil

Focus: Soil & urban agriculture, Land use: Urban

Good practice: Shared composting in urban environment

Workshop dates: 29 May 2024

Partner organisation: Regionalno Sdruzhenie Na Obstini Tsentralna Stara Planina (RAM)

Podravje Region (Slovenia)

Focus: Soil & regenerative agriculture, Land use: Urban

Good practice: Participatory rehabilitation and revitalization of soil (plans for rehabilitation and revitalisation of abandoned and devalued lands owned by municipalities)

Workshop dates: May 2024

Partner organisation: Regionalna razvojna agencija za Podravje – Maribor (RRA)

North Macedonia

Focus: Soil & regenerative agriculture, Land use: Urban agriculture

Good practice: Regional Soil Partnership (broaden the stakeholder basis)

Workshop dates: 30 May 2024

Partner organisation: Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group in SEE (SWG_RRD)

South Tyrol (Italy)

Focus: Soil & regenerative agriculture, Land use: Agriculture (mountain areas)

Good practice: Scaling up of the methods, tools and approaches to the Regional level (improve fertilisation and funding monitoring of soil properties)

Workshop dates: 16 May 2024

Partner organisation: Libera Università di Bolzano (UNIBZ)

Varaita Valley (Italy)

Focus: Soil & regenerative agriculture, Land use: Agriculture (mountain areas)

Good practice: Scaling up of the methods, tools, and approaches to the regional level (agroecological approaches and living lab)

Workshop dates: 23 April 2024

Partner organisation: Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche (UNISG)

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