EU Soil Strategy for 2030 – Reaping the benefits of healthy soils for people, food, nature and climate

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Series Details COM (2021) 699
Publication Date 17/11/2021
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Communication published by the European Commission on 17 November 2021, setting out a new strategy aimed at securing healthy soils across the European Union (EU).

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This strategy sets a framework with measures for the protection, restoration and sustainable use of soils, and proposes a set of voluntary and legally binding measures. It aims to increase the soil carbon in agricultural land, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, and ensure that by 2050, all soil ecosystems are in a healthy condition. The strategy calls for ensuring the same level of protection to soil that exists for water, the marine environment and air in the EU, and it also vows to mobilise societal engagement and financial resources, shared knowledge. Finally, it aims to promote sustainable soil management practices and monitoring.

The Communication was presented on 17 November 2021 and seen as a deliverable of the European Green Deal and the EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy.

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ClientEarth: Press Release, 17/11/2021: New EU soil strategy is “ray of hope” for health of people and nature – ClientEarth reaction

EurActiv, 17/11/2021: Soils to receive same legal status as air, water in first EU-wide soil health law
The Brussels Times, 18/11/2021: European Commission moves up a gear after COP26 to implement the Green Deal

EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)323: Staff Working Document accompanying the Communication
European Commission: Environment: Soil and Land
European Commission: Press Release, 17/11/2021: European Green Deal: Commission adopts new proposals to stop deforestation, innovate sustainable waste management and make soils healthy for people, nature and climate
European Commission: Questions and Answers on the EU Soil Strategy (17 November 2021)
European Commission: Press conference by Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner Sinkevičius on a package of proposals on soil, waste and deforestation (17 November 2021)
Greens/EFA Group: Press Release, 17/11/2021: Groundbreaking strategy chance to achieve healthy soils

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