Commission consults on new EU Soil Strategy

Feb 18, 2021

The European Commission has launched an online public consultation on the development of a new EU Soil Strategy. This is the last of a set of public consultations on different ecosystems delivering on the specific commitments in the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030.

Healthy soils produce our food and raw materials, clean our drinking water, reduce flood risks and store huge amounts of carbon. They are essential for achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal such as climate neutrality, biodiversity restoration, zero pollution, healthy and sustainable food systems and a resilient environment. Yet our soils are degrading due to unsustainable management, overexploitation, climate change and pollution. For that reason, the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 announced the adoption of a new Soil Strategy in 2021.

Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius said:

"A quarter of our planet’s biodiversity is present in soil. This is literally a treasure under our feet, and our food and our future depend on it. We must equip the European Union with a robust soil policy that will allow us to reach our ambitious climate, biodiversity and food security goals, and step up our efforts to manage soil in a way that it can deliver for people, biodiversity and climate."

To know more about the new EU Soil Strategy visit the Commission consults on new EU Soil Strategy page.

Land degradation may exacerbate the impacts of natural disasters and contributes to social issues such as migration. Express your view, as member of the Disaster Risk Reduction community, contributing to this consultation!


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