The LIFE SAM4CP project aims to create an easy-to-use simulator that will allow territorial decision makers to include the ecological functions of soil within the assessment of the environmental and economic costs and benefits associated with possible urban planning and land-use measures and choices.
The simulator will allow different territorial transformation scenarios to be assessed according to the seven main ecological functions provided by soil in order to integrate these functions – and their potential gain or loss – into the decision-making process. The tool aims to help avoid land-use decisions that disproportionately reduce soil functions. It also aims to enable a proper evaluation of the potential costs and benefits of specific measures aimed at reducing soil sealing. It will be used to help draft a municipal land-use plan to preserve the ecosystem services provided by soils.
The project hopes to demonstrate how use of the tool and integration of soil conservation considerations into the decision-making process can protect ecological functions for the benefit of the local community. It expects to demonstrate a significant reduction of soil sealing as well as overall economic savings thanks to the preservation of natural resources and restoration of the benefits provided by good quality soils
|03-JUN-2014 to 30-JUN -2018