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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
Briefing Soil
Located in SOER 2015 — The European environment — state and outlook 2015 European briefings
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