A 1 billion euro mission: A Soil Deal for Europe

Panagos, Panos; Borrelli, Pasquale; Jones, Arwyn; Robinson, David A. ORCID: 2024 A 1 billion euro mission: A Soil Deal for Europe. European Journal of Soil Science, 75 (1), e13466. 4, pp.

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Soils have achieved prominence in the political agenda of the European Commission with the proposal for a Soil Monitoring Law and the ambitious Soil Mission research framework. The EU Soil Observatory (EUSO) used the latest state-of-the-art pan-European datasets to propose a preliminary assessment of soil health in the EU based on 18 soil degradation proxy indicators. The body of knowledge will soon be enriched thanks to the investment of 1 billion euros towards the Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’, which has the ambition to promote the development of new harmonized bottom-up and top-down soil health indicators. New data and knowledge are also anticipated through the national soil monitoring schemes to support the implementation of the Soil Monitoring Law. We present the Soil Mission roadmap towards assessing and achieving soil health in the EU by 2030 to meet Green Deal objectives. We introduce the EUSO Soil Health Dashboard, a soil degradation indicator tool using soil health indicators developed by the European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC) (2012–2023) that will contribute to Soil Monitoring Law assessments.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Soils and Land Use (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 1351-0754
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Additional Keywords: land degradation, soil health, soil mission, soil monitoring law
NORA Subject Terms: Law
Agriculture and Soil Science
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Date made live: 01 Mar 2024 12:14 +0 (UTC)

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