Soil and Land Management Award
Sustainable land and soil management is central to improve our food systems, maintain a healthy environment and ensure European rural development. Indeed, soils, through their structure and the great variety of species they host, perform numerous functions including food production, nutrient and water storage, filtering, buffering as well as breaking down and conserving organic matter. They also play a central role in the protection of water and in the natural exchange of gases with the atmosphere. Moreover, soils are biological habitats, gene pools, elements of landscapes and of cultural heritage as well as providers of raw materials. They are therefore crucial for agriculture and for all human beings as well as for nature itself, and are the foundation of our health and our wealth. Soils are as such part of Europe’s greatest treasures, thus, it is important to promote and reward practices which contribute to their protection.
The prize rewards land use and soil management practices mitigating soil threats with the aim of encouraging new concepts of land and soil protection and their implementation in land management, as well as enhancing awareness about the importance of land and soil functions.
Farmers, landowners, land managers and groups of farmers are eligible, both on their own and in collaboration with research institutes, universities and/or private companies.
Prize: € 5,000/
Application deadline is December 31. For more information please contact :
Award Ceremony: at the Forum for the Future of Agriculture Gala Dinner in Brussels. Thierry de l’ESCAILLE, Friends of the Countryside Secretary General, introduces the award during the ceremony, attended by around 300 people..
From FCS annual activity report
The aim of this prize is to encourage new concepts of protection and their implementation and to enhance awareness of the importance of land and soil in connection with good agriculture and environmental conditions..
Through the Soil and Land Management Award, the ELO wishes to draw the attention of politicians and decision makers and the general public to the fact that, without human activities, environmental management – which, among other things, means biodiversity enhancement, soil improvements or landscape stewardship - is impossible on the long run..
The European Landowner’s Organization (ELO), under the auspices of the European Commission (DG Environment and the Joint Research Centre) and in association with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) of Vienna, Syngenta International AG, as well as the Centre for Soil and Environmental Sciences of the Ljubljana University..
Who can participate
This prize rewards private initiatives of professionals working in the area of land use and soil management pursuing the EU’s soil protection goals, in particular those of the Soil Thematic Strategy..
For more information
For additional information visit http://www.europeanlandowners.org/awards/soil-land-award