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admin Mar 30, 2011 01:41 PM
Where do I find information about soil policy and soil contamination?
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admin Mar 30, 2011 01:42 PM
Despite the range of activities, which ultimately depend on soil, there is no specific EU legislation on soil protection. To date, and unlike water and air, soil protection is addressed indirectly or within sectoral policies: water, waste, chemicals, industrial pollution prevention, nature protection, pesticides, and agriculture. Unfortunately, as these policies are not focused on soil, they are insufficient in ensuring an adequate level of protection for all soils in Europe.

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’s website on soil policy:

If you wish to contact them please check the contact details at the following website:

Further information can you find at the website of the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission. They established a Soil Portal at:

We would like to refer you to the work regarding soil issues performed by the EEA. Here, all related EEA products can be viewed and downloaded free-of-charge. The EEA soil theme section is located at:

Our latest publication dealing with soil is the State of the Environment report. It can be found at:

EEA soil indicator: CSI 015 - Progress in management of contaminated sites - Assessment published Aug 2007[…]/view_content