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The EEA produces regular assessments on soil resources in Europe, which describe the status of soil, and importantly the causes and impacts of any deterioration at a continental level. The assessments, underpinned by robust data from various sources, provide in-depth analysis of soil deterioration: erosion, sealing, contamination and desertification, and have contributed to developing reliable knowledge in areas were policy action is needed.
Located in Environmental topics Soil
Publication Soil — SOER 2010 thematic assessment
Nearly all of the food and fibres used by humans are produced on soil. Soil is also essential for water and ecosystem health. It is second only to the oceans as a global carbon sink, with an important role in the potential slowing of climate change. Soil functions depend on a multitude of soil organisms which makes it an important part of our biodiversity. Nevertheless, soil in many parts of Europe is being over-exploited, degraded and irreversibly lost due to impacts from industrial activities and land use change, leading to soil sealing, contamination, erosion and loss of organic carbon. Due to these problems, legislation for the protection of soils has been proposed at EU level.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Thematic assessments
File Remediated sites and brownfields, Success stories in Europe, A report of the European Information and Observation Network’s National Reference Centres for Soil (Eionet NRC Soil)
This document presents examples of success stories of remediation of contaminated soils in various contexts and different European countries. Thirteen countries comprising 19 European regions present a total of 29 cases which illustrate how soil and brownfields remediation along with sustainable land management have become essential for reversing the trend of soil degradation and ensuring the provision of ecosystem services by soil. The cases show progress in research and innovative technologies of soil remediation, new outstanding approaches to soil remediation management, beneficial integration of stakeholders in decision-making and fruitful progress in raising public awareness and citizen science. These success stories have also achieved the restoration, safeguarding and longterm ensurance of some of the most widely recognized functions of soils, such as support for water regulation and purification, provision of new habitat for organisms, food, fibre and fuel, promotion of cultural and recreation areas and foundation for human infrastructure.
Located in Environmental topics Land use Document library
Briefing Soil
Located in SOER 2015 — The European environment — state and outlook 2015 European briefings
Highlight More action required to protect soil in the city
Industrial activity, pollution and exploitation are degrading the quality of soils located in and around our cities, according to a report released today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Efficient use of soils supported by better planning and policy making in urban areas is needed to make sure that this valuable natural resource helps our cities remain liveable and able to deal with challenges like climate change.
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