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International Year of Soils 2015

Conference 'Healthy Soils for Feeding the Planet and for Climate Change Adaptation'

Expo Milan, 20 October 2015

soilTo mark the International Year of Soils 2015 the Directorate General for Environment of the European Commission organised a conference on 'Healthy Soils for Feeding the Planet and for Climate Change Adaptation' at the Universal Exposition EXPO2015 in Milan (Italy) on 20 October 2015.

This event aimed at raising awareness on the importance of healthy soils for a healthy life and to address European and global challenges.  At European level, in the General Union Environment Action Programme to 2020 the EU committed to address soil degradation, including by identifying threats to soil.

The conference was strongly embedded into the Expo's theme 'Feeding the planet, Energy for Life' and consisted of two sessions: the first session addressed the crucial role of soil in climate change adaptation, also in the context of Climate Change negotiations (UNFCCC COP 21) in Paris in autumn of this year; the second session focused specifically on the links between healthy soil and food security and agriculture.

Conference programme (updated regularly)