Wageningen University. Netherlands

Joint Research Center (JRC). Italy

Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FIBL). Switzerland

Universität Bern (UNIBE). Switzerland

University of Évora (UE). Portugal

Technical University of Madrid (UPM). Spain

Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP). UK and Belgium

Foundation for Sustainable Development of the Mediterranean (MEDES). Italy

ISRIC World Soil Information (ISRIC). Netherlands

Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (DLO). Netherlands

Institute of Agrophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IA). Poland

Estonian University of Life Sciences, Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (IAES). Estonia

University of Ljubljana (UL). Slovenia

National Research and Development Institute for Soil Science, Agrochemistry and Environmental Protection (ICPA). Romania

Polytechnic of Coimbra-Agrarian School of Coimbra (ESAC). Portugal

University of Miguel Hernández (UMH). Spain

Agricultural University Athens (AUA). Greece

Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (IARRP). China

Institute of Soil and Water Conservation of Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISWC). China

Soil and Fertilizer Institute of the Sichuan Academy of Agricultural Sciences (SFI). China

CorePage (CorePage). Netherlands

BothEnds (BothEnds). Netherlands

University of Pannonia (UP). Hungary

Institute of Soil Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISS). China

Gaec de la Branchette (GB). Great Britain




Investimento Global Elegível: 6.876.625,0€

Apoio da União Europeia: Incentivo Não Reembolsável (100,0%): 5.375.375,00 €

Investimento elegível IPC: 185.625,00 €

Período de execução:

Data de início: 17/04/2015

Data de fim: 16/04/2020



Increasingly, soil is recognized as a non-renewable resource because, once degraded, the restoration of its productivity is an extremely slow process.
Given the importance of soils for crop and livestock production as well as for providing wider ecosystem services for local and global societies, maintaining the land in good condition is of vital importance.
To manage the use of agricultural soils well, decision-makers need science-based, easy to apply and cost-effective tools to assess soil quality and function.

The most important aims the isQAPER project will work on are to:

  • Integrate existing soil quality related information
  • Synthesize the evidence for agricultural management effects provided by long-term field trials
  • Derive and identify innovative soil quality indicators that can be integrated into an easy-to-use interactive soil quality assessment tool
  • Develop, with input from a variety of stakeholders, a multilingual Soil Quality Application (SQAPP) for in-field soil quality assessment and monitoring
  • Test, refine, and roll out SQAPP across Europe and China as a new standard for holistic assessment of agricultural soil quality
  • Use a trans-disciplinary, multi-actor approach to validate and support SQAPP

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