However, over the past five years there has been some progress, in terms of both policy development and the availability of information. The European Commission's thematic strategy on soil has marked an important first step in EU soil policy; as it focuses on its protection as an essential element of sustainable development. This strategy, adopted in 2006, also includes a legislative proposal. Detailed information on the Soil Thematic Strategy is available at the European Commission internet site on soil policy: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/soil/index.htm
At the global level, soil degradation is being addressed by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). In Europe, the Convention is implemented through two regional annexes; Annex IV, Northern Mediterranean and Annex V, Central and Eastern Europe. Further information can be found through the UNCCD Secretariat web site: http://www.unccd.int/convention/menu.php
For references, please go to http://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/soil/policy-context or scan the QR code.
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