Communities of practice
In the framework of the PREPSOIL project, a EU-funded project aiming to facilitate the implementation of the EU Soil Mission we are currently carrying out a screening of community-led initiatives across Europe where actors get together to address, and act upon, a specific concern related to soils. In a buzz word we call the latter soil Communities of Practice (CoPs). [read more]
Although there is no official clear-cut definition of the term, there are 3 key elements distinguishing CoPs (source ):
- A common domain: the concern collectively identified and which the community is aiming to address;
- A community: the organized group of actors (i.e. citizens, civil society organizations, public authorities, businesses) who are actively engaged in the process;
- A practice: the action/measures that the community decides to develop/put in place in order to promote/improve/solve the identified concern.
In the context of soils, a Community of Practice could be defined as a group of people/actors that have gathered together to either address an identified threat to soils in their territories by implementing a set of identified actions, or a group of people that are promoting the adoption of alternative models of soil management to ensure that the soil’s capacity to deliver ecosystem services is preserved over the long run.