Soil+Land Stewardship offers an action perspective for soil care
. Stewardship is based on the sustainable and balanced use of our natural resources, explicitly imposing accountability for the (future) society and the ecosystems on everyone who has a role in relation to these resources. Within the current challenges of societal transition to a low-emission, resource-efficient and circular economy
, the safeguarding of soil health plays an intrinsic part and will need a broader societal shift that requires systemic changes to fundamental principles, including liability and property rights and social innovation to effect changes in producer and consumer behaviour.
To make this transition, new governance models involving multi-stakeholder and cross-value chain collaborations will have to ensure that the intended system change achieves better economic, environmental and social outcomes. Examples exist in the bringing together of different actors in the landscape (managing forests, agriculture, water, etc.) and in innovative approaches to urban developments and brownfield