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|Title:||European Soil Data Center (Esdac) and the EU Thematic Strategy For Soil Protection|
|Authors:||MONTANARELLA Luca; VAN LIEDEKERKE Marc|
|Other Contributors:||HOUSKOVA Beata|
|Citation:||Conference Proceedings of the 1st Conference of the Czech Society of Soil Science and Societas pedologica slovaca (Soil in modern information society) ISBN: 978-80-89128-44-0 vol. 1 p. 83-89|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||In present time soil should be considered as integral part of the environment. To think about soil as the mean for agricultural production and civil engineering or even dumping side for the wastes, is not possible any more. The protection of air and water has much longer tradition than protection of soil. Only during the last 2-3 years the coherent approach to soil protection was introduced in the political agenda in Europe and became one of the thematic strategies to be developed within the European Community¿s 6th Environment Action Programme. Preservation of all soil functions and their natural behaviour must be the key in soil protection efforts. In September 2006, the European Commission adopted a comprehensive EU strategy, specifically dedicated to soil protection. It consists of a Communication from the Commission to the other European Institutions, a proposal for a framework Directive (a European law), and an Impact Assessment. From this, it is clear that the collection of various types of soil related policy-relevant data at European level is an issue of importance. European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC) was created to fulfil these data needs. The main contributor of soil data to the ESDAC will be European Soil Bureau Network (ESBN).|
|JRC Institute:||Institute for Environment and Sustainability|
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