Land is increasingly encountering problems which cause soil degradation. Erosion, desiccation and salinisation are just a few examples. The result is that fertile top layers of the soil disappear, water infiltration deteriorates and surface discharge accelerates. This constant decline in soil fertility, productivity and cultural and recreational value has many negative effects, particularly for vulnerable eco and other systems.
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By means of ongoing studies into the underlying causes, responsible processes and their interrelationship(s), measures can eventually be decided on and applied. All this is aimed at using the soil in a more sustainable way in the future.