Soil health is often forgotten about as a hidden resource beneath our feet and yet it provides many benefits for nature, people and climate. There are various nature-based solutions we can promote to better support soil health and to improve ongoing issues such as loss of organic carbon from croplands, erosion and compaction in grasslands, and impacts for air pollution and climate change on our sensitive upland soils. These include practices which directly relate to soil management and those relating to land use and the landscape more generally. An overview of these topics will be given at this webinar to stimulate discussion.
This webinar is part of a series exploring nature-based solutions and the fundamental role they play in meeting climate ambitions, restoring ecosystems and protecting biodiversity. This webinar series is part of our activities in the third theme of our STAGES on the road to COP26: Adaptation.
Prof Bridget Emmett has 30 years of experience in environmental research. She works for UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH) as Head of Soils and Land Use. Her research interests are soil health, climate change impacts, monitoring and modelling impacts of land management on natural capital and ecosystem services, and developing data and decision support systems. An important focus of her work is in supporting policy development and decision making. She was appointed as the specialist adviser to the 2016 Parliamentary Inquiry into Soil Health and is currently a member of the EU Mission for Soil Health and Food.