The JRC research activities on natural resources are firmly set in the context of sustainable development and contribute to ensuring that consumption of renewable and non-renewable resources and the associated impacts do not exceed the carrying capacity of the environment. The work is closely linked to the Sixth Environmental Action Programme.
Activities are focussed on the setting up and validation of tools and methods to:
- Monitor and assess the quality of our ecosystems – namely air, water, soils and forests
- Identify and evaluate the impact of resource use on the environment;
- Perform integrated analyses of environmental policy issues; and
- Produce research results related to the sustainability of resource use.
Details on scientific actions in this area:
- Soil Data and Information Systems
- Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems Assessment and Monitoring
- Isotopic measurements for environmental support
- Forest Data and Information Systems
- Environmental Assessment of European Waste and the Sustainable Use of Resources
- Environmental Reference Materials
- European Ecological Water Quality and Intercalibration
- Desertification, land degradation and draught