With the final report we aim to spread the message further, share our approach and our insights and highlight the urgent needs for adaptation.
TOPSOIL pilots have shown that climate change adaptation and sustainable groundwater management requires a stronger cohesion between land management and water management. The future climate changes will impact all.
The TOPSOIL partnership aimed to expanding the reach of TOPSOIL results, and to disseminating results to reach both regional stakeholders as well as European policy level.
The pilots have revisited their results and - although in times of the Covid-19 pandemic situation only in a limited way - implement regional meetings with stakeholders who can contribute to the further development of the TOPSOIL results after the project. The consortium considered also how methods can be part of new business models.
Identifying and implementing solutions to address such challenges is complex and requires the effective collaboration across different sectors and the involvement of many stakeholders from farmers to management authorities.
This stakeholder involvement review sets out a summary of our stakeholder involvement activities during the TOPSOIL project and the lessons we have learned along the way.
Floods are nothing new. Humans have lived with extreme weather for thousands
of years. However, climate change science predicts an increase in occurrence and
severity of high rainfall events. Subsequent increases in extreme flooding will follow
suit. Utilse the viewer below to learn more about what can be done to manage our waterways better in a document created by the Dales to Vales River Network & the Northumberland Rivers Trust.
The MobiLab will aid in Topsoil investigations which aim to identify nitrate levels within the soil profile at three demo farms. These farms display varying soil types & utilise a number of cultivation techniques. The equipment was discussed with Topsoil EU partners at the recent online project conference and can be viewed on the EU Topsoil website:
WRT Director Peter Nailon recently presented UK1's project summary to the Topsoil partners. This focused on soil health & and upcoming field investigations taking place in the Wear and Tyne Catchments.
The Topsoil Interreg funded project has been extended to Dec 2021, the WRT will be looking to continue our work with the farming community protecting both surface and groundwaters within the Wear catchment. Find out more at the link below: