Filmtour: Vielfalt im und auf dem Boden

Latschenkiefer Hohlweg

From World Soil Day on 5 December to International Mountain Day on 11 December

The Alpine region is famous for its unique, spectacular landscapes and characteristic flora and fauna. The views are incredible, but one element tends to be overlooked: the soil.

To celebrate World Soil Day on 5 December and International Mountain Day on 11 December 2020, the Federal Environment Ministry will showcase what makes soil worth protecting in the Alpine region and beyond and explain why the Alpine Convention also includes a Protocol on Soil Conservation.

The BMU presents the "Alpine Soil Film Tour"

Grashüpfer auf einer rosa Blume

Lands for Freedom

82 minutes

Ein Pilz wächst

The Kingdom - How Fungi made our World

52 minutes

Ein Baum auf weitem Feld

The Time of Forests

103 minutes

Federal Environment Minister Schulze welcomes viewers to the film tour

2:19 minutes

Blätter und Erde in Händen

LINKS4SOILS #1: What is a living soil?

4:20 minutes

Sonne scheint durch Baumkronen im Wald

LINKS4SOIL #2 : Using a soil to its full potential

3:58 minutes

Weiße Blüte im Rasen vor Bergen

LINKS4SOILS #3: Soil under a changing climate

6:04 minutes


LINKS4SOILS #4: No soil: No food & No wood

4:02 minutes

Boden zwischen den Fingern

LINKS4SOILS: Why talking about soil?

4:28 minutes

Film selection

The Soil Protection Working Group of the Alpine Convention developed the idea for an Alpine Soil Film Tour. To mark World Soil Day and International Mountain Day (IMD), the BMU has selected three films on the subject of soil and five short films on the subject of soil in the Alps that will be shown as part of the Reading Mountains Festival from 5 to 11 December 2020. The films won awards at the Innsbruck Nature Film Festival or were developed in the context of an EU Alpine project.

The Alpine Convention and the Protocol on Soil Conservation

Soil is a vital habitat. Using soil for settlements, leisure and transport activities impairs its natural functions. Sustainable tourism, ecological agriculture and environmentally friendly forestry contribute to the conservation of soil.

Melting glaciers, dwindling certainty of snow and a shift in climatic zones are consequences of a changing climate. These trends have major impacts on the Alpine region. In 1991, the Convention on the Protection of the Alps, the Alpine Convention, was established to ensure sustainable, environmentally friendly and sound development in the Alpine region. Germany is one of the contracting parties and is represented by the Federal Environment Ministry.

The Protocol on Soil Conservation is part of the Alpine Convention. Based on this Protocol, the Contracting Parties decided at the XV Alpine Conference in April 2019 to set up a new working group on soil protection. The BMU is chairin the new working group until the XVI Alpine Conference on 10 December 2020. One of the working group tasks is to raise awareness about soil as a topic.

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