The Alpine Soils


Alpine soils provide an extensive range of functions such as healthy food production, flood regulation, climate regulation, and protection from natural hazards. Moreover, they contribute to the unique landscape of the Alpine region and play a fundamental role in recreational activities.

The importance of Alpine soils cannot be underestimated, as these benefits also involve people living downstream. The Alpine soils are intrinsically vulnerable due to the limited rate of formation, which makes them an almost non-renewable resource. Non-sustainable soil management (e.g., unsuitable tillage and farming practices, inappropriate soil restoration measures) can trigger soil degradation processes. Best practices are needed in order to warrant long-lasting soil functioning.