Title: A Review of Policies and the Regulatory Environment Concerning Soil Conservation in the EU
Authors: KUTTER ThomasHELMING KatharinaZANDER PeterSCHULER JohannesLOUWAGIE Geertrui
Citation: Berichte der DBG (Deutsche Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft - German Soil Science Society) p. 1-4
Publisher: German Soil Science Society
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC56397
URI: http://eprints.dbges.de/244/
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Agricultural soils are being increasingly targeted by European Union (EU) policy measures including measures within the Common Agricultural Policy. Member states have implemented a variety of measures at the national and regional level, which regulate the use of soils or offer incentives for the adoption of soil conservation practices. However, information on the specific purposes and implementation of these measures is difficult to access and no comprehensive overview is available. We elaborated a classification system for agricultural policies that allows the analysis of their impact on soil conservation. Each policy was defined as a set of singular policy measures. Policy measures were described with their attributes such as the soil quality objectives within the policy and the technical measures required. We applied this classification system to establish a policy inventory on the regulatory framework concerning agricultural soil conservation in the EU-27. Data was gathered through a voluntary online survey completed by experts in national and regional ministries, administrative bodies and research institutes. More than 50 experts and institutions from 24 EU member states participated in the survey and more than 400 policy measures were entered into the database. The survey enabled a detailed and comparative analysis of the interrelationships among soil conservation practices, soil degradation processes and policy measures across member states at the national or regional level. Most policies however do not lead to the achievement of specific environmental goals that allow for evaluation. In many cases similar soil protection problems were addressed using different policy options.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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