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Revitalization of agriculture soils

Humus-rich soils stores vast quantities of carbon and allows wildlife and crops flourish

Germany
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The vast loss of fertile soil across the world has been driven by unsustainable agriculture, heavy use of pesticides, pollution and climate changes, to name a few. In Germany, the area of more than 100 football pitches is degraded every single day. The quality and amount of humus in the earth play a fundamental role in the local ecosystem, groundwater quality, food production and for local biodiversity.

Location
Germany
Type
Biodiveristy Conservation
Standards
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Sustainable Development Goals

2. Zero Hunger

Die Lebensmittelversorgung

wird durch nährstoffreiche Böden gestärkt

4. Quality Education

Vergessenes Wissen

über die natürliche Fruchtbarkeit wird unter Landwirten geteilt

6. Clean Water and Sanitation

Sauberes Trinkwasser

durch die von humusreichen Böden geförderte natürliche Filterung von Schadstoffen

9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Scalable farming solutions

are developed according to the local context to tackle climate change

12. Responsible consumption and production

Vermeidung von chemische Düngemitteln

da die Erde natürlich produktiver ist

13. Climate Action

36’000 tCO2e

werden im Jahresdurchschnitt in der Humusschicht sequestriert

15. Life on land

Über 10’000 ha Land wird durch den Aufbau von Humusschichten verbessert

15. Life on land

The Solution

This project restores humus layers on agricultural land in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This increases the potential of the soil to capture and store carbon from the atmosphere. The soil becomes more fertile and resilient to extreme weather fluctuations. The humus build-up in each location is regularly measured and documented, tracking the progress constantly.

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The Impact

By restoring the humus layers, the soil can absorb and sequester large amounts of carbon, thus directly tackling climate change. Healthy humus-rich soil helps to maintain a balanced and thriving ecosystem and the fertile soil becomes a rich habitat for insects and wildlife. The high nutrient content means crops thrive, ensuring higher yields and resilience, and significantly reducing the use of pesticides and fertilizers.

The project works with farmers across Germany and Switzerland to implement climate-smart practices, is there one near you?

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