Soil data and information are important for a number of EU policy areas: agriculture, soil protection, water protection, nature protection, development policy, health and sustainable development. The EU Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection addresses these different policy areas in a coherent manner and proposes the way forward towards effective soil protection in Europe. The IES helps Member States to fulfill their reporting and assessment obligations regarding a proposal for a Soil Framework Directive.
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The European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC) established by the IES in 2006 within the framework of the EU’s Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS). It is the single focal point for soil information, data and expertise in Europe, hosting soil data and information from EU Members States and neighbouring countries that is of relevance to EU policies and stakeholders. ESDAC is hosted on the EU Soil Portal website, and has developed into a major reference centre which now includes information and data on soils from all over the world. It covers the complete data production cycle, from raw data collection to the final integrated assessment of European and global soil resources. IES is providing high-level analysis and assessments on the status and trends of soils in Europe and in the world. A good example is the Soil — SOER 2010 thematic assessment (2010) under the European Environment Agency’s report on The European Environment – state and outlook 2010, where IES scientists contribution was essential.
More information can be found on the European Soil Portal.
Luca Montanarella Tel: +(39) 0332 785349; E:mail luca.montanarella(at)jrc.ec.europa.eu
Arwyn Jones Tel: +(39) 0332 789162 E-mail: arwyn.jones(at)jrc.ec.europa.eu