The BENCHMARKS framework aims to accommodate the diverse needs of different scales, ranging from local to European levels, by providing guidance throughout the soil health monitoring process.
This framework is co-developed and tested in collaboration with stakeholders in various case studies. Users have the flexibility to select soil functions, land uses, pedoclimatic conditions, analysis scale, and indicator measurements (sample, statistics, and spatial data). Furthermore, the framework plays a crucial role in meeting the monitoring, reporting, and verification requirements of users across all relevant scales.
The Integrated Soil Health Monitoring Framework serves three key functions to facilitate the quantification of soil health potential and status within a given context:
Indicator selection Based on objective, context and practices.
Soil health assessment Calculates the soil health index based on indicator measurements.
Management optimisation Provides recommendations on which practices can be applied to further optimise soil health for a given site.