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Saving land, saving soil

Jan 24, 2022 / alpMedia
In the Alps and beyond, land is built up every day and valuable soils are lost. The project "Saving:Soils" shows alternatives and develops solutions together with pilot regions.
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CIPRA is campaigning for a turnaround in the use of land with its "Saving:Soils" project. (c) wikimedia commons, CupcakePerson13

Healthy soils provide food, ensure biodiversity, offer recreational spaces and mitigate the consequences of the climate crisis. Nevertheless, areas and soils are being concreted over and sealed on a daily basis throughout Europe, especially around cities. New settlements, roads, industrial or commercial areas are constantly being built in these peri-urban areas. In addition, wind, water, biomass and solar plants have to be built for the energy transition – meaning that conflicts of use are inevitable. With the project “Saving:Soils – for a trend reversal in the use of land in peri-urban areas”, CIPRA is making good examples visible and working out approaches to solutions along with three pilot regions. “Saving:Soils” brings everyone together around one table: spatial planning experts, civil society, administrative authorities and young adults. The project runs until May 2022 and is supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) within the framework of the European Environment Initiative (EURENI).