I'm delighted to share with you a piece written by some of our partners, including the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, PlusValue and more. In the paper they lay out their vision of innovation districts as key actors in addressing the challenges of the post-pandemic recovery, and the twin green and digital transition that lies ahead.
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As low-input environmentally friendly agricultural practices are currently associated with the delivery of a wide range of public goods and socio-economic benefits, the strategy of European Union in mitigating climate change effects, protecting environment and ensuring public health has, among others, focused around preserving the High Natural Value (HNV) areas. About a quarter of the land in Romania is potentially covered by HNV farming and eligible for associated support payments, mostly along the chain of the Carpathian Mountains.
Geographic information systems are already widely introduced in all spheres of our life as well continue to be actively developing. In the paper, the application of remote sensing methods for determination of soil moisture in combination with the relief plasticity and morphodynamic analysis allowed us to take into account the relief of the earth’s surface. As a result, a guidelines have been developed for precision agriculture.
The Republic of Moldova is endowed with fertile soils. Soil pollution is a major concern since no effective treatment method exists to restore the natural qualities of the soils. Polluted soil can only be rehabilitated under the long-lasting influence of natural factors.A major source of anthropic impact on soils is the application of fertilizers and pesticides in agriculture. At the same time, manure and livestock excreta often are transported to communal dump sites, where they are mixed with other wastes, or are left in ravines, along the local roads and in other unauthorized places.
As the world population and food production demands rise, keeping agricultural soils and landscapes healthy and productive are of paramount importance to sustaining local and global food security and the flow of ecosystem services to society. The global population, expected to reach 9.7 billion people by 2050, will put additional pressure on the available land area and resources for agricultural production. Sustainable production intensification for food security is a major challenge to both industrialized and developing countries.
Introduction Under pressure from continually falling farm gate prices and continually rising costs, the technological approach to farm intensification has been oriented mainly towards crop yields and profit - without considering its negative environmental and social consequences [1–3]. As a matter of economic survival and sustainabilty, farmers all over the world are seeking an alternative to farming systems that depend on nonrenewable sources of energy and their derivatives (mineral fertilizers, especially nitrogen, pesticides), the mouldboard plough, and irrigation.