The Soil at Risk symposium on 30.6.2021 in Helsinki brought together a wide variety of research and practical information on protecting agricultural soil. The symposium invited researchers, farmers, businesses and decision-makers to answer vital questions together: How do we safeguard the soil for future generations? What kind of cultivation practices for soil regeneration are needed?
Here, you can find the symposium program and links to the recordings from the symposium day.
|Soil at risk: reasons and consequences.
Ronald Vargas, Secretary of the Global Soil Partnership, FAO
|Session I: Soil is full of life and offers us many benefits – how to protect it?|
|Keynote: Harnessing root-microbe interactions for climate-friendly soils.
Franciska de Vries, Professor of Earth Surface Science, University of Amsterdam
|Finland’s perspective: Carbon Action – regenerative agriculture enhancing soil health. Saara Kankaanrinta, chair of BSAG and Carbon Action|
|Interview: Franciska de Vries and Saara Kankaanrinta facilitated by symposium host|
|Session II: Plant-soil interactions – biodiversity as an aim and a tool|
|Keynote: The impact of global change on soil functions and microbial diversity.
Matthias Rillig, Professor of Plant Ecology, Freie Universität Berlin
|Finland’s perspective: TWINWIN - Using biodiversity as a tool to enhance carbon sequestration in agriculture.
University Researcher, University of Helsinki &
Anna-Liisa Laine, Professor of Ecology, University of ZurichInterview: Matthias Rillig and Anna-Liisa Laine/Jussi Heinonsalo facilitated by symposium host
|Session III: Soil mitigating climate change. Experimenting and verifying soil carbon sequestration|
|Keynote: Experimenting and verifying soil carbon sequestration.
Dr. Jean-Francois Soussana, INRAE’s vice-president of international research policy
|Finland’s perspective: Verification system for the carbon sequestration developed in Carbon Action
Jari Liski, Research Professor and Head of Climate System Research, Finnish Meteorological Institute
|Interview: Jean–Francois Soussana and Jari Liski, facilitated by symposium host|
|Panel Discussion: Solutions for soil - joint action for scaling the impact|
|The panel discussion focuses on how to foster co-operation between different actors and how to scale actions in order to receive impact. Panelists:
Juuso Joona, farmer and educator
Chairs: Minttu Jaakkola, Maj & Tor Nessling Foundation & Laura Höijer, Baltic Sea Action Group
For the panel discussion, we had beforehand a farmer dialogue with Timeout-Foundation as well as separate group discussions on themes including:
The messages from these discussions was delivered to the panel discussion through videos and pictures.
|Symposium closing words|