The European Commission has published the roadmap for the new Soil Strategy, and would like your views before 10 December.
Healthy soils are essential to meet climate and biodiversity goals under the European Green Deal.
Part of the EU biodiversity strategy for 2030, this initiative will update the current strategy to address soil degradation and preserve land resources (‘land degradation neutrality’).
The goals are to:
protect soil fertility
reduce erosion and sealing
increase organic matter
identify contaminated sites
restore degraded soils
define what constitutes ‘good ecological status’ for soils.
The roadmap is open for feedback for 5 weeks. Feedback will be taken into account for further development and fine tuning of the initiative. The Commission will summarise the input received in a synopsis report explaining how the input will be taken on board and, if applicable, why certain suggestions can't be taken up.