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Land and Soil Management Award

The European Landowner’s Organization (ELO), under the auspices of the European Commission (DG Environment and the Joint Research Centre) and in association with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) of Vienna, Syngenta International AG, as well as the Centre for Soil and Environmental Sciences of the Ljubljana University, is proud to launch the call for proposals for the “Land and Soil Management Award”.

The aim of this prize is to encourage new concepts of protection and their implementation and to enhance awareness of the importance of land and soil in connection with good agriculture and environmental conditions.

This prize will reward professionals working in the area of land use and soil management pursuing the EU's soil protection goals, in particular those of the Soil Thematic Strategy.
 
Subject:
The aim of this prize is to encourage the implementation and enhance awareness of the importance of sustainable land use and soil protection. This prize will reward professionals working in the area of land use and soil management pursuing the EU's soil protection goals, including those of the Common Agriculture Policy and of the Soil Thematic Strategy. In particular, the prize will reward land use and soil management practices addressing soil degradation, i.e. erosion, reduction of organic matter content, diffuse contamination, compaction as well as the reduction of soil biodiversity, salinisation, sealing, flooding and land slides.

Eligibility criteria:
The Land and Soil Management Award is intended to recognize quality instruments and management practices which contribute to the protection of land and the soil, by improving the quality of the environment.

Selection criteria:
- The project must contribute to added value to sustainable land use and soil management practices, the protection and improvement of soil quality and particularly to the fight against the above-mentioned degradation processes.
- The project must be sustainable environmentally, socially and economically.
- The project must also be transferable as a model and at least innovative and original in the area / region where it takes place
- Appropriate measures must be taken to avoid: erosion, decline in organic matters, contamination, compaction, decline in soil biodiversity, salinization; sealing, floods and landslides

Prize description:
With an amount of 5000€ and a diploma of recognition, the Land and Soil Management Award Certificate will recognize outstanding tools and management practices contributing to the protection of soil and a sustainable land use, and improving environmental quality.

Deadline: The Call for proposals is open until 30th November 2013. Download the Land and Soil Award - application form.doc

Please send it to the following address:
Land and Soil Management Award Tel: + 32 (0)2 235 2004
European Landowners' Organization Fax: + 32 (0) 2 400 7709
Rue de Trèves 67 AND by email to forest@elo.org




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