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Assessing impacts of soil management measures on ecosystem services
Schwilch, Gudrun ; Lemann, Tatenda ; Berglund, Örjan ; Camarotto, Carlo ; Cerdà, Artemi ; Daliakopoulos, Ioannis N. ; Kohnová, Silvia ; Krzeminska, Dominika ; Marañón, Teodoro ; Rietra, René ; Siebielec, Grzegorz ; Thorsson, Johann ; Tibbett, Mark ; Valente, Sandra ; Delden, Hedwig van; Akker, Jan van den; Verzandvoort, Simone ; Vrînceanu, Nicoleta Olimpia ; Zoumides, Christos ; Hessel, Rudi - \ 2018
Sustainability 10 (2018)12. - ISSN 2071-1050
Ecosystem services - Europe - Land management - Soil - Soil remediation

Only a few studies have quantified and measured ecosystem services (ES) specifically related to soil. To address this gap, we have developed and applied a methodology to assess changes in ecosystem services, based on measured or estimated soil property changes that were stimulated by soil management measures (e.g., mulching, terracing, no-till). We applied the ES assessment methodology in 16 case study sites across Europe representing a high diversity of soil threats and land use systems. Various prevention and remediation measures were trialled, and the changes in manageable soil and other natural capital properties were measured and quantified. An Excel tool facilitated data collection, calculation of changes in ecosystem services, and visualization of measured short-term changes and estimated long-term changes at plot level and for the wider area. With this methodology, we were able to successfully collect and compare data on the impact of land management on 15 different ecosystem services from 26 different measures. Overall, the results are positive in terms of the impacts of the trialled measures on ecosystem services, with 18 out of 26 measures having no decrease in any service at the plot level. Although methodological challenges remain, the ES assessment was shown to be a comprehensive evaluation of the impacts of the trialled measures, and also served as an input to a stakeholder valuation of ecosystem services at local and sub-national levels.

Working on soil organic matter : A farmers’ initiative in The Netherlands
Verzandvoort, S.J.E. - \ 2018
RECARE informatieblad over maatregelen voor de bodem: vroege grasonderzaai in mais
Rietra, R.P.J.J. ; Rooij, S.A.M. van; Verzandvoort, S.J.E. ; Leever, Henk - \ 2018
Wageningen University & Research - 2 p.
RECARE fact sheet case study experiments: incorporation of local biomass
Rooij, S.A.M. van; Verzandvoort, S.J.E. ; Rietra, R.P.J.J. - \ 2018
Wageningen University & Research - 2 p.
biobased economy - biomass
Climate-Smart Agriculture Solutions Database and Spatial Solution Finder : Deliverable 1.2.6_Flagship:CSAb report SDB-SSF Activity under KAVA ID 1.2.6 of the Flagship Climate-Smart Agriculture Booster
Verzandvoort, S.J.E. ; Kuikman, P.J. ; Slier, Thalisa ; Rietra, R.P.J.J. ; Walvoort, D.J.J. ; Lesschen, J.P. ; Randen, Y. van; Jong, A. de - \ 2017
Wageningen Environmental Research - 45 p.
Draft report on methodological approaches for land degradation. Task Support to EEA assessment on land degradation
Hazeu, G.W. ; Ivits, E. ; Verzandvoort, S.J.E. ; Hessel, R. ; Wosten, J.H.M. ; Verweij, P.J.F.M. ; Eupen, M. van; Weynants, M. ; Cherlet, J. ; Horion, S. ; Maucha, G. - \ 2017
Copenhagen, Denmark : European Environment Agency (EEA)
Approaches aiming at sustainable production
Verhagen, Jan ; Blom, Greet ; Beek, Christy van; Verzandvoort, Simone - \ 2017
Wageningen : Wageningen Plant Research (Report / WPR 677) - 27
sustainable agriculture - organic farming - agroecology - sustainability - duurzame landbouw - biologische landbouw - agro-ecologie - duurzaamheid (sustainability)
This study has two objectives: 1) Look at several approaches that aim to increase or promote sustainable agriculture, and to identify similarities and differences, while deriving implications for policy makers. 2) Provide insight in how the approaches to sustainable agriculture contribute to these priorities.
Operationalizing ecosystem services for the mitigation of soil threats : A proposed framework
Schwilch, Gudrun ; Bernet, Lea ; Fleskens, Luuk ; Giannakis, Elias ; Leventon, Julia ; Marañón, Teodoro ; Mills, Jane ; Short, Chris ; Stolte, Jannes ; Delden, Hedwig Van; Verzandvoort, Simone - \ 2016
Ecological Indicators 67 (2016). - ISSN 1470-160X - p. 568 - 597.
Decision support - Ecosystem services - Europe - Land management - Soil functions - Soil threats

Despite numerous research efforts over the last decades, integrating the concept of ecosystem services into land management decision-making continues to pose considerable challenges. Researchers have developed many different frameworks to operationalize the concept, but these are often specific to a certain issue and each has their own definitions and understandings of particular terms. Based on a comprehensive review of the current scientific debate, the EU FP7 project RECARE proposes an adapted framework for soil-related ecosystem services that is suited for practical application in the prevention and remediation of soil degradation across Europe. We have adapted existing frameworks by integrating components from soil science while attempting to introduce a consistent terminology that is understandable to a variety of stakeholders. RECARE aims to assess how soil threats and prevention and remediation measures affect ecosystem services. Changes in the natural capital's properties influence soil processes, which support the provision of ecosystem services. The benefits produced by these ecosystem services are explicitly or implicitly valued by individuals and society. This can influence decision- and policymaking at different scales, potentially leading to a societal response, such as improved land management. The proposed ecosystem services framework will be applied by the RECARE project in a transdisciplinary process. It will assist in singling out the most beneficial land management measures and in identifying trade-offs and win-win situations resulting from and impacted by European policies. The framework thus reflects the specific contributions soils make to ecosystem services and helps reveal changes in ecosystem services caused by soil management and policies impacting on soil. At the same time, the framework is simple and robust enough for practical application in assessing soil threats and their management with stakeholders at various levels.

Development and application of a web-based geographical tool for WR&R technologies : Technologies for Water Recycling and Reuse in Latin American Context: Assessment, Decision Tools and Implementable Strategies under an Uncertain Future
Verzandvoort, S.J.E. ; Oertlé, Emmanuel ; Gross, T. ; Breitenmoser, L. ; Engbretsen, A. ; Stolte, J. ; Gonzalez Martin, Gerardo ; Heesmans, H.I.M. ; Heidema, A.H. ; Assinck, F.B.T. ; Elsen, H.G.M. van den; Walvoort, D.J.J. ; Beek, R. van - \ 2015
- 110 p.
Soil sealing
Siebelec, Gzregorz ; Prokop, Gundula ; Delden, Hedwig van; Verzandvoort, S.J.E. ; Miturski, Tomasz ; Lopatka, Artur - \ 2015
In: Soil in Europe - threats, functions and ecosystem services / Stolte, Jannes, Tesfai, Mehreteab, Oygarden, Lillian, Bioforsk - p. 94 - 108.
Soil functions & ecosystem services
Schwilch, Gudrun ; Bernet, Lea ; Claringbould, Heleen ; Fleskens, L. ; Giannakis, Elias ; Leventon, Julia ; Marañón, Teodoro ; Mills, Jane ; Verzandvoort, S.J.E. - \ 2015
In: Soil in Europe - threats, functions and ecosystem services / Stolte, Jannes, Tesfai, Mehreteab, Oygarden, Lillian, Bioforsk - p. 185 - 209.
Cities on the Grow : Supporting sustainable growth of community-food enterprises
Verzandvoort, S.J.E. - \ 2015
Climate benefits and environmental challenges related to urban food systems
Verzandvoort, S.J.E. ; Mol, G. ; Meulen, Suzanne van der; Oostrom, Niels van - \ 2014
Alterra Wageningen - 29 p.
urban agriculture - mitigation - climatic change - climate - climate adaptation - urban environment - stadslandbouw - mitigatie - klimaatverandering - klimaat - klimaatadaptatie - stadsomgeving
In a short literature review, we have collected available knowledge on the potential benefits of urban agriculture, as part of local food systems, on climate change mitigation and adaptation. The effects of urban agriculture on climate change mitigation and adaptation depend on the type of agricultural practice (e.g. in greenhouses, in soil, in artificial substrates used resources) and the difference with previous land use (e.g. leading to an increase or decrease of sealed soil surface and green areas). Specific types of urban agriculture can alter the urban environment and in this way influence climate adaptation, or contribute to mitigation in case the production can be realized with lower energy inputs due to opportunities offered by the urban system.
Verslag workshop duurzame energielandschappen - een gat in Neeltje Jans!
Verzandvoort, S.J.E. ; Smit, A. - \ 2014
Schouwen-Duiveland : s.n.
Duurzame energielandschappen en ecosysteemdiensten voor Schouwen-Duiveland (DEESD), Stap 3: Relevante ontwikkelingen op de (middel-)lange termijn
Verzandvoort, S.J.E. ; Hendriks, C.M.A. ; Stremke, S. ; Smit, A. - \ 2014
Alterra - 39 p.
Evaluation of two different soil databases to assess soil erosion sensitivity with MESALES for three areas in Europe and Morocco
Hessel, R. ; Daroussin, J. ; Verzandvoort, S.J.E. ; Walvoort, D.J.J. - \ 2014
Catena 118 (2014). - ISSN 0341-8162 - p. 234 - 247.
Modelling soil erosion sensitivity at continental scale provides a way to compare different countries and to identify those areas that are most seriously threatened. In this research, the MESALES model was applied to 3 large areas in Europe and Morocco, using soil data from ESDB and DSMW as well as from the newly developed e-SOTER database. Land use data were derived from the Global Land Cover 2000 database, and slope angle from the HYDRO1K DEM. The aim was to evaluate whether the e-SOTER database resulted in better assessment of soil erosion sensitivity than existing data. To judge this, expert opinion was used. The comparison of results obtained with existing data and with e-SOTER data showed considerable differences. However, it proved impossible to say which results were better. The main reasons for that were that MESALES predicts soil erosion sensitivity, which cannot be measured in the field, and that expert judgement of model results proved inconclusive. Another reason can have been that the e-SOTER database is as yet incomplete. The fact that the application of different soil databases resulted in quite different results does, however, indicate the importance of using the best available data for evaluation of soil threats. However, a current lack of options to validate soil erosion sensitivity estimates was also identified.
Handreiking voor het berekenen van een ecologische voetafdruk : eindrapport KBIV WOt 2013
Verzandvoort, S.J.E. ; Arets, E.J.M.M. ; Hack-ten Broeke, M.J.D. - \ 2014
Wageningen : Alterra, Wageningen-UR (Alterra-rapport 2554) - 91
landgebruik - watergebruik - ecologische verstoring - productieprocessen - consumptiepatronen - inventarisaties - land use - water use - ecological disturbance - production processes - consumption patterns - inventories
Dit rapport geeft een raamwerk voor het bepalen van een ecologische voetafdruk voor veranderingen in productie- en consumptiesystemen. Het raamwerk kan worden gebruikt voor het bepalen van benodigd land- en watergebruik voor productie van goederen en diensten.
Uitbreiding van de energiescan - update situatie 2012. Het versterken van de interactie tussen topsector energie en de regio: het verdiepen en opschalen van best practices
Verzandvoort, S.J.E. ; Oostindie, K. - \ 2013
Wageningen : Alterra, Wageningen-UR - 53 p.
De energietransitie is in volle gang in de Regio Oost-Nederland, met het ontstaan van nieuwe samenwerkingsverbanden en de opkomst van grote en kleine initiatieven voor technologische innovaties. Eind 2012 is een ‘energiescan’ gemaakt voor de Regio Oost-Nederland1 om het Ministerie van EZ (Directie RRE en het Regioteam Oost) inzicht te geven in de ontwikkelingen in de regio op het gebied van de energietransitie. Dit rapport is update van het overzicht uit 2012, met informatie over initiatieven die bepalend zijn voor de energietransitie in de regio (nieuw of ontwikkeld sinds 2012), plannen voor uitvoering van het Nationale Energieakkoord door partners in de regio, en informatie over de betekenis van energiecoöperaties voor de energietransitie in de Regio Oost-Nederland.
Ecosysteemdiensten en -wederdiensten voor Schouwen-Duiveland als onderdeel van DEESD
Verzandvoort, Simone - \ 2013
Duurzame Energielandschappen en Ecosysteemdiensten voor Schouwen-Duiveland (DEESD); Stap 1: Analyse van de huidige situatie - Ecosysteemdiensten
Verzandvoort, S.J.E. ; Hendriks, C.M.A. ; Smit, A. - \ 2013
Wageningen : Wageningen UR - 52 p.
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