Friends of the Countryside

Friends of the Countryside represents the custodians of European estates and the traditional industries, patrimony, and heritage in their stewardship. These landowners, entrepreneurs and decision makers which compose FCS, create a network of like-minded individuals united to promote the interests of their land and livelihood through innovative and sustainable practices. Through the platform of ELO, Friends of the Countryside are able to ensure that their voice is heard throughout the European Union and beyond.

Activities

For good agriculture and environmental conditions

 

 

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

 

 

What

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..

Why

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..

Who

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..

To participate

Download the application form from www.elo.org and send it by mailto This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to: Soil and Land Management Award European Landowner’s Organisation Rue de Trèves 67 - BE - 1040 Brussels.

For more information

For additional information visit http://www.europeanlandowners.org/awards/soil-land-award 
or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Contact Us

Friends of the Countryside ASBL

67, Rue de Trèves

B-1040 Brussels

Belgium

Phone: +32 (0)2.234.30.00

Fax: +32 (0)2.234.30.09

About us

Friends of the Countryside represents the custodians of European estates and the traditional industries, patrimony, and heritage in their stewardship.

 

          

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