The central motivation of the BonaRes Centre (Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH – UFZ) is the transfer of existing and newly generated knowledge about soil functions into scientifically based decision support tools for soil management in the context of a sustainable bioeconomy. In future, it should be possible to make decisions on soil management options based on current scientific knowledge. This should protect soils with their diverse functions and steer their sustainable use as a bio-economic production factor.
The main task of the BonaRes Centre is the establishment of suitable infrastructures for the integration of scientific results and for the efficient communication within the funding initiative through the exchange of
- soil-related data,
- model concepts, soil scientific and
- socio-economic evaluation instruments and decision support tools for a sustainable soil management as well as
- public relations work about soils as a sustainable resource for the bioeconomy.
This all is done in close cooperation with the collaborative projects and in exchange with the wider soil science community, farmers, administrative and political decision-makers and the interested public.
“BonaRes” is short for “Soil as a sustainable resource for the bioeconomy” (in German Boden als nachhaltige Ressource für die Bioökonomie). In this funding initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) the focus is on the sustainable use of soils as a limited resource. The ultimate goal of BonaRes is to extend the scientific understanding of soil ecosystems and to improve the productivity of soils and other soil functions while developing new strategies for a sustainable use and management of soils.