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|Title:||Value of Soil Biodiversity: European policies and raising awareness|
|Authors:||PANAGOS Panagiotis; JEFFERY SIMON LEE; DIAFAS IASON; GARDI Ciro; MONTANARELLA Luca|
|Citation:||Abstract Proceedings of the 6th International Congress of European Society for Soil Conservation. p. 179-182|
|Publisher:||National Agricultural Research Foundation|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||The necessity for a coherent approach to soil protection has become more recognised within the European Commission over recent years. This recognition led to the protection of soil being introduced as one of the thematic strategies to be developed within the Commission’s 6th Environment Action Programme due to soils being recognized as “a fundamental environmental compartment performing vital ecological, social and economic services”. The soil biota is responsible for performing many of these services and there is increasing evidence that it is increasingly under threat and in some cases already in decline. However, there is still a considerable lack of knowledge regarding the belowground biota when compared to aboveground ecosystems. Due to this lack of knowledge regarding the interactions between soil biodiversity and ecosystem services it is not yet possible to predict with confidence the impacts of declining soil biodiversity.|
|JRC Institute:||Institute for Environment and Sustainability|
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