Session 5.3

It’s alive! Why soil is the most important habitat you’ve never thought about.

Soil biodiversity is under increasing pressure from erosion, contamination, salinization and sealing. These threats, coupled with unsustainable land management, lead to negative impacts on soil biodiversity, which is essential for carbon and nutrient regulation. The species richness of earthworms, springtails and mites is an indicator of the health of the soil ecosystem. Healthy soils are key to achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal such as climate neutrality, zero pollution, sustainable food systems and a healthy and resilient environment. Ensuring that ecosystems are in a good condition is essential to secure the sustainability of economic activities and human well-being. This session will offer a broad overview of the issues at stake, looking at areas where greater efforts are required to protect and restore these soils we all depend on.


Ronald Vargas, Secretary of the Global Soil Partnership, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

Carlo Petrini, Founder & President of Slow Food

Alfred Grand, Organic Farmer & Member of the Board of the Soil, Health & Food Mission

Carlos António Guerra, Co-Lead of the Global Soil Biodiversity Observation Network


Aminda Leigh, Moderators Europe

Our principal priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our speakers, moderators, exhibitors and participants, and so we have been monitoring the situation concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak constantly. Due to the current situation and restrictions, it has been decided that EU Green Week 2020 will be available exclusively online.

You will have the opportunity to join the EU Green Week in a new immersive virtual experience. Not only will you be able to watch all the sessions live and interact with the speakers, but you will also have the possibility to explore the exhibitions and network with the other attendants just as if you were there !
The virtual event platform will be soon open - all you have to do is to register and you will gain access to the event from your home or office.
If you are interested in attending the virtual event, you can leave your e-mail address here and we will contact you as soon as the registration platform is available.