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Newsletter n. 63

16/09/2019

1.EXPERIENCES: The 5th SENTIERI Report

2.NEWS FROM THE SIP FORUM:

3.NEWS ON THE SOIL AND EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS: The new ENVI of the European Parliament

4.WE ARE NOT ALONE!

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The 5th SENTIERI Report

In all the political and environmental goings on of the past few months, the 5th SENTIERI Report (published in June 2019) went almost unnoticed. SENTIERI is an acronym for Studio Epidemiologico Nazionale dei Territori e degli Insediamenti Esposti a Rischio da Inquinamento (Epidemiological Study of Residents in National Priority Contaminated Sites).

This document produced by Italian scientists uses standardized and internationally recognized methods to analyse the health profile of contaminated sites by considering: mortality, hospital admissions, incidence of cancer and congenital deformities. This report also presents for the first time an analysis of cancer cases and hospitalizations of children and young people. Continua a leggere “The 5th SENTIERI Report”

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Hearings of the new Commissioners in the European Parliament

August is a time for holidays and for rest. It is said that during the period we “recharge our batteries” in order to face the coming 11 months of activity. But this is not the case for everyone. Following the European elections, a number of people worked hard during August in order to prepare for the next session of Hearings in the European Parliament. The various Commissioners will be officially presented by the new  Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen. The SIP Forum and its European Soil Group are also working to help welcome the new Commissioners, especially those who will be concerned with the soil, that is, the Commissioners for the Environment, Climate,  Agriculture and Research.

We therefore invite you to join in. We want you to put yourselves in the place of a newly elected MEP, to take part in the hearing for one of the 4 Commissioners named above and to ask them a question about the soil. What would your question be?

Send your ideas to suolo.europa@gmail.com and we will see if somehow or other we can get them mentioned during the relevant hearings. But be quick, because the hearings start soon.

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Members of the mission boards of Horizon Europe

Unusually for this Newsletter, we are passing on information that is not the work of a structure or association, but rather has been produced by experts who have been identified as elements of strategic reference by the European Commission’s DG for Research.

Horizon Europe is the name of the European Commission’s outline research programme for 2021-2027. The new aspect lies in the fact that the Programme is structured around the concept of the Mission: “A mission is a portfolio of actions across disciplines intended to achieve a bold and inspirational and measurable goal within a set timeframe, with impact for society and policy making as well as relevance for a significant part of the European population and wide range of European citizens.”

Five Missions have been identified: i) Adaptation to climate change, including societal transformation; ii) Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters; iii) Climate neutral and smart cities; iv) Cancer; and finally v) Soil Health and Food.

Every Mission has a Board of “consultants” drawn from academia, from the public and private sectors, and from civil society. The complete list of all the designated experts is available on the DG Research site linked to below. In the specific case of the Board of the Soil Health and Food, the Mission consists of 15 people including one Italian: Catia Bastioli from Novamont SpA. The job of the Boards is not to assess actions or projects, but to help to define strategically the research themes that will subsequently be dealt with through projects selected by specific competitive tenders.

 

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The new ENVI of the European Parliament

An oxymoron is an expression that contains two opposite concepts. Two of the best known are “deafening silence“, and “sweet sorrow“. Some people say that “European Union” is the best and most optimistic oxymoron of the last 60 years…

So what can be done to make the European Union not an oxymoron but a concrete reality?

A lot depends on the new European Parliament, whose members were elected at the end of May. These resulted in a “wind of change” which should lead to a vision of greater responsibility, participation and democracy. Evidence of this is the speed with which the new president was chosen (an Italian, David Sassoli) and the various Commissions were established. One of the first, which is already at work, is ENVI – Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Continua a leggere “The new ENVI of the European Parliament”

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France, publication of a White Paper to protect seeds produced directly by farmers and gardeners

Everyone knows the phrase spoken during the Apollo 13 mission: “Houston, we have a problem”. To paraphrase, we could say that “We have a problem with safeguarding biodiversity in farming”. We start from a simple point: by 2050 we will have to produce enough food for at least another 2 billion people. According to the  FAO we have reduced our agricultural diversity to just 12 vegetable species and 14 of animals. We therefore are in need of an urgent change in direction to combat the decline in agricultural biodiversity, which is in steep decline due to the monopoly over seeds held by a few global companies. Over the past 100 years, 90% of traditionally used seeds have gone out of cultivation, and 75% of them have vanished irretrievably. This threatens food security, especially in the face of global warming, whose effects in agriculture can only be stopped by using a wider diversity of seeds. Instead of a few firms having a monopoly on the production of seed, what is needed is the possibility of recreating horizontal seed exchange networks, the only way  to renew crop biodiversity and protect a heritage that is cultural as well as genetic. Continua a leggere “France, publication of a White Paper to protect seeds produced directly by farmers and gardeners”

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4 per 1000 Initiative: A philanthropic guide for action for healthy soils

The  Iniziative’s latest Newsletter draws attention to a document with the title “Healthy Soils to Cool The Planet” – A Philanthropic Action Guide.

After more than a decade of economic crisis and with future prospects not looking promising, the idea of relying on philanthropy may seem a utopian one, or even just the latest attempt to gather human and economic resources to save the planet.

This guide – produced by Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions,  a  USA consulting  firm – focuses primarily on agricultural soil carbon removal, but protection and restoration of forests, wetlands, coastal ecosystems, and grasslands are essential for meeting climate action and sustainable development goals. The Guide has specific grant recommendations and focuses  on philanthropic  and  investment  opportunities  to  promote  healthy  soils  and  soil  carbon sequestration  (SCS)  primarily  through  changes  in  agricultural  practices  in  the  United  States  and  globally. Focus topics  and  strategic  systems  are  featured  as  “game-changers”  with:  waste  to  compost,  geographic  hotspots, peatlands, ecological restoration & green infrastructure as well as irrigated rice. This  guide provides  an  initial  roadmap  for  investing  in  healthy  soils  to  help  cool  the  planet  and  enhance resilience. Continua a leggere “4 per 1000 Initiative: A philanthropic guide for action for healthy soils”

bollettino

Bollettino n.63

01/09/2019

1.ESPERIENZE: Il V Rapporto SENTIERI

2.NOTIZIE DAL FORUM SIP:

3.NOTIZIE SU SUOLO E ISTITUZIONI EUROPEE:  La nuova ENVI del Parlamento Europeo

4.NON SIAMO SOLI!