Articles | Volume 8, issue 2
Review article
14 Dec 2022
Review article |  | 14 Dec 2022

Transforming living labs into lighthouses: a promising policy to achieve land-related sustainable development

Johan Bouma

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Bampa, F., O'Sullivan, L., Madena, K., Sanden, T., Spiegel, H., Henriksen, C. B., Ghaley, B. B., Jones, A., Staes, J., Sturel, S., Trjanov, A., Creamer, R. E., and Debeljak, M.: Harvesting European knowledge on soil functions and land management using multi-criteria decision analysis, Soil Use Manage., 1, 6–20,, 2019. 
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Bouma, J.: Soil science contributions towards Sustainable Development Goals and their implementation: linking soil functions with ecosystem services, J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sc., 177, 111–120, 2014. 
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In the new Soil Deal for Europe, land users, mostly farmers, and scientists are required to work jointly in living labs to develop sustainable land use systems. We propose that threshold values for different ecosystem services in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the EU Green Deal (GD) have to be met to define lighthouses that demonstrate successful sustainable land use systems, functioning as inspiring examples. A case study illustrates the important role of soils.