Title: Soil Quality and Sustainability Evaluation - an Integrated Approach to Support Soil-Related Policies in the European Union - A JRC Position Paper
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC36872
ISBN: 978-92-79-05250-7
Other Identifiers: EUR 22721 EN
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC36872
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: In the context of the policies of the European Union the purposes of soil quality descriptions can be on the one hand represented by the performed functions of the soil, which correspond to the land use goals. With the consideration of soil dynamics through responses to human or natural impacts on the other hand, a complex approach is achieved that gives a solid ground to evaluate and relate the quality of soil according to the requirements of sustainability. Therefore functions and responses are considered in our soil quality perception with special regards to major degradation threats, which are in the focus of the Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection in the European Union. Concept and definitions in the soil quality domain (soil quality, soil threath index, soil sustainability index etc.) are given in the report. The report provides a framework for soil quality and sustainability evaluation, that can be applied in variouse planning and decision making procedures.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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