Two additional projects approved
The Swiss National Science Foundation has approved two additional projects in the context of the National Research Programme "Sustainable Use of Soil as a Resource" (NRP 68). Both projects develop innovative and politically useful tools to support sustainable policies regarding land use and soil protection in Switzerland.
Florent Joerin and his team at the University of Applied Sciences, Western Switzerland want to improve the implementation of compensation mechanisms when decisions regarding soil use are made. This should immediately lead to improvements in soil quality.
Felix Walter and his research team at Ecoplan, a research and consulting office, are searching for better approaches to sustainable soil and land-use policies. In view of the programme's overall targets, both projects elaborate concepts and strategies for achieving a more sustainable use of soil in Switzerland.
The two projects got under way at the beginning of 2015 and have a running time of three years. The SNSF supports both projects with a budget of CHF 720,000. NRP 68 now comprises 21 projects selected from its own calls and a further 12 projects from the Joint Programming Initiative Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE–JPI).