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Record number 559032
Title Helping stakeholders select and apply appraisal tools to mitigate soil threats : Researchers’ experiences from across Europe
Author(s) Okpara, Uche T.; Fleskens, Luuk; Stringer, Lindsay C.; Hessel, Rudi; Bachmann, Felicitas; Daliakopoulos, Ioannis; Berglund, Kerstin; Blanco Velazquez, Francisco Jose; Ferro, Nicola Dal; Keizer, Jacob; Kohnova, Silvia; Lemann, Tatenda; Quinn, Claire; Schwilch, Gudrun; Siebielec, Grzegorz; Skaalsveen, Kamilla; Tibbett, Mark; Zoumides, Christos
Source Journal of Environmental Management 257 (2020). - ISSN 0301-4797
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.110005
Department(s) WIMEK
Soil Physics and Land Management
PE&RC
Soil, Water and Land Use
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2020
Keyword(s) Decision-support tools - Europe - Impact assessment - Soil degradation - Soil improvement - Stakeholder engagement
Abstract

Soil improvement measures need to be ecologically credible, socially acceptable and economically affordable if they are to enter widespread use. However, in real world decision contexts not all measures can sufficiently meet these criteria. As such, developing, selecting and using appropriate tools to support more systematic appraisal of soil improvement measures in different decision-making contexts represents an important challenge. Tools differ in their aims, ranging from those focused on appraising issues of cost-effectiveness, wider ecosystem services impacts and adoption barriers/opportunities, to those seeking to foster participatory engagement and social learning. Despite the growing complexity of the decision-support tool landscape, comprehensive guidance for selecting tools that are best suited to appraise soil improvement measures, as well as those well-adapted to enable participatory deployment, has generally been lacking. We address this gap using the experience and survey data from an EU-funded project (RECARE: Preventing and REmediating degradation of soils in Europe through land CARE). RECARE applied different socio-cultural, biophysical and monetary appraisal tools to assess the costs, benefits and adoption of soil improvement measures across Europe. We focused on these appraisal tools and evaluated their performance against three broad attributes that gauge their differences and suitability for widespread deployment to aid stakeholder decision making in soil management. Data were collected using an online questionnaire administered to RECARE researchers. Although some tools worked better than others across case studies, the information collated was used to provide guiding strategies for choosing appropriate tools, considering resources and data availability, characterisation of uncertainty, and the purpose for which a specific soil improvement measure is being developed or promoted. This paper provides insights to others working in practical soil improvement contexts as to why getting the tools right matters. It demonstrates how use of the right tools can add value to decision-making in ameliorating soil threats, supporting the sustainable management of the services that our soil ecosystems provide.

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