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Assessment and Governance of Sustainable Soil Management

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Helming, Katharina ; Daedlow, Katrin ; Hansjürgens, Bernd ; Koellner, Thomas:
Assessment and Governance of Sustainable Soil Management.
In: Sustainability. Vol. 10 (27 November 2018) Issue 12 . - No. 4432.
ISSN 2071-1050
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124432

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The globally increasing demand for food, fiber, and bio-based products interferes with the ability of arable soils to perform their multiple functions and support sustainable development. Sustainable soil management under high production conditions means that soil functions contribute to ecosystem services and biodiversity, natural and economic resources are utilized efficiently, farming remains profitable, and production conditions adhere to ethical and health standards. Research in support of sustainable soil management requires an interdisciplinary approach to three interconnected challenges: (i) understanding the impacts of soil management on soil processes and soil functions; (ii) assessing the sustainability impacts of soil management, taking into account the heterogeneity of geophysical and socioeconomic conditions; and (iii) having a systemic understanding of the driving forces and constraints of farmers’ decision-making on soil management and how governance instruments may, interacting with other driving forces, steer sustainable soil management. The intention of this special issue is to take stock of an emerging interdisciplinary research field addressing the three challenges of sustainable soil management in various geographic settings. In this editorial, we summarize the contributions to the special issue and place them in the context of the state of the art. We conclude with an outline of future research needs.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER149010
Keywords: Soil functions; Agricultural practices; Sustainability assessment; Ecosystem services; Resource use efficiency; Soil policy; Soil governance
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professorship Ecological Services
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professorship Ecological Services > Professorship Ecological Services - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Köllner
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
500 Science > 550 Earth sciences, geology
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2018 07:31
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2019 08:41
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/46460