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|Title:||Soil Protection Policy of the European Union|
|Authors:||HEUSER Irene L.; MONTANARELLA Luca|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Type:||Articles in books|
|Abstract:||Although different EU (European Union) policies (for instance, on water, waste, chemicals, industrial pollution prevention, nature protection, and pesticides) are already contributing to soil protection, they are not sufficient to ensure an adequate level of protection for all soils in Europe. This is due to the fact that legislation has not yet been orientated toward the different soil endangerment paths and the protection of the various soil functions. Therefore, the European Commission has developed a soil protection strategy in order to find answers to the most urgent soil threats, i.e., the priority threats of organic matter decline, soil erosion, and soil contamination as well as the additional aspects of sealing, compaction, decrease of biodiversity, salinization, and floods and landslides. The proposal for a Soil Protection Framework Directive sets out common principles for protecting soils across the EU and will help the EUMember States to better protect the soil on their territory and to use it in a sustainable way.|
|JRC Institute:||Institute for Environment and Sustainability|
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