1st Phy2SUDOE workshop

1st Phy2SUDOE workshop

Advancing in the application of innovative phytomanagement strategies in polluted sites in southwest Europe


8th July 2021


Soil contamination is a widespread problem in Europe with adverse effects on biodiversity and human health. With the goal of soil restoration, Phy2SUDOE intends to promote a wider use of phytomanagement techniques by managers and owners of contaminated lands. Phytomanagement of contaminated soils is a multi-objective management strategy, based on the use of plants (trees, shrubs, herbaceous) to control the risk associated with the presence of contaminants in degraded sites, while (i) are generated products (e.g., wood, resin, essential oils, bioenergy, ecocatalysts) from harvested biomass; and (ii) the supply of ecosystem services is enhanced (e.g., C sequestration, erosion control, creation of habitats).

Phy2SUDOE project also aims to implement strategies for the conservation of endemic biodiversity typical of some contaminated sites (e.g., metallurgical flora, plant growth-promoting bacteria, etc.) due to their intrinsic and utilitarian value (e.g., biotechnological applications).

Participants will have the opportunity to get insights and learn more about phytomanagement of contaminated soils, soil restoration and policy from renowned experts in the fields.



All times are in Portugal time.

9:00 – 9:10 Welcome
Paula Castro (UCP, Portugal)

9:10 – 10.55 Session 1 – Soil Contamination and Phytomanagement Strategies
Moderator – Helena Moreira (UCP, Portugal)

  • 9:10 – 9:40 Advancing in the application of innovative phytomanagement strategies in contaminated areas of the SUDOE space – Phy2SUDOE
    Carlos Garbisu (Neiker, Spain)
  • 9:40 – 10:10 Phytomanagement of trace element contaminated sites: lessons from field studies and perspectives
    Valérie Bert (INERIS, France)
  • 10:10 – 10:40 Innovative tools to assess the impact on human health of contaminated industrial areas
    José Darrozes (Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier University, France)
  • 10:40 – 10:55 Q&A

10:55 – 11:10 Break (15 min)

11:10 – 13:00 Session 2 – Soil Preservation and Policy
Moderator – Sofia Pereira (UCP, Portugal)

  • 11:10 – 11:40 Soil biodiversity in the global agenda: linking scientific knowledge to environmental policy
    María Jesús Iglesias Briones (Vigo University, Spain)
  • 11:40 – 12:10 LUCAS Soil, a tool for research and policy development
    Alberto Orgiazzi (DG Joint Research Centre, EU)
  • 12:10 – 12:40 Soil contamination, prevention and remediation – main challenges
    Regina Vilão (Portuguese Environmental Agency, Portugal)
  • 12:40 – 13:00 Q&A

13:00 Closing