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SOER Message Soil — key message 1
Soil is a largely non-renewable natural resource that underpins a range of vital ecosystem services. Soil organisms play a key role in soil processes, such as bio-geochemical cycles, organic matter decomposition, and nitrogen transformation. Maintaining soil biodiversity is therefore a key concern.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Soil — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Key fact Soil - key fact 3
Some authors estimate 36 % of European subsoils as having high or very high susceptibility to compaction. Other sources report 32 % of soils being highly vulnerable and 18 % moderately affected. (The use of heavy machinery in agriculture can induce ‘soil compaction’, which reduces its capacity to store and conduct water, makes it less permeable for plant roots and increases the risk of soil loss by water erosion.)
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Soil — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key facts
SOER Key fact Soil - key fact 2
Europe's soils store about 73 to 79 billion tonnes of carbon. Some 45 % of soils in Europe have a low or very low organic matter content (meaning 0-2 % organic carbon) and 45 % have a medium content (meaning 2-6 % organic carbon).
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Soil — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key facts
Common environmental theme Land use - State and impacts (Belgium)
Share of built-up area in the 3 Regions of Belgium
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Belgium Land use - State and impacts (Belgium)
Common environmental theme Land use - State and impacts (Belgium)
Land cover composition in Belgium
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Belgium Land use - State and impacts (Belgium)
Country profile Country profile - (Belgium)
Urbanisation in Belgium
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Belgium Country profile - (Belgium)
Article Soil — The forgotten resource
Located in Signals — well-being and the environment Signals 2010
Publication EU 2010 Biodiversity Baseline
The EU 2010 Biodiversity Baseline provides facts and figures on the state and trends of the different biodiversity and ecosystem components. It thereby supports the EU in developing the post‑2010 sub‑targets and provides factual data for measuring and monitoring progress in the EU from 2011 to 2020.
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Located in The Environmental Atlas Environmental Atlas of Europe Windbreaks
File Natural cork: Environmental Atlas of Europe — Spain
The production of high-quality oak cork, one of the main economic activities at this farm in southern Andalusia, is supported by a number of projects which aim to conserve the local habitat and highlight the importance of its natural attributes for present and future generations. The Foundation is committed to a variety of projects focusing on the protection of the ecosystem and natural resources and the conservation of native plants and animals.
Located in The Environmental Atlas Natural cork Video
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