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Launch of the EU Soil Observatory

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Dec 04 2020
Dec 04 2020

Healthy soils are at the heart of the Green Deal for Europe.

Once lost, soils are non-renewable in terms of human lifetimes.

In addition to providing us with food, fibres and fuel, soils play a key role in regulating the Earth’s climate, providing us with clean water, protecting us from floods and preserves our cultural heritage.

The launch of JRC's EU Soil Observatory took take place on 4 December 2020.

The new EU Soil Observatory will be a dynamic and inclusive platform that will provide information and data needed to safeguard soils to the European Commission and the broader soil user community.

Watch live

The event was live webstreamed  - time: 10:00 to 16:00 CET

Participants could pose questions while watching using (enter the meeting code #JRCSOIL).


  • 10:00 -11:50  Setting the scene: high-level panel discussion on policy outlooks and societal needs on the sustainable use of soil
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Formal launch of the EU Soil Observatory
  • 14:00 – 16:00 Technical implementation of Soil Observatory


  • EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
  • EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
  • EC Joint Research Centre, Director General and Director for Sustainable Resources
  • European Commission Policy Makers
  • Presidency of the Council of the European Union 
  • Representatives from Industry and the Research Community
  • Chair Soil Health and Food Mission Board


Download the Agenda (in PDF) (last updated 3/12/2020, 16:45) 


Setting the scene: panel discussion on policy outlooks and needs on sustainable use of soil

Formal launch of the EU Soil Observatory

Technical implementation of Soil Observatory


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