Soils are the foundation of our food system and the basis for many ecological processes. The Seventh EU Environment Action Programme recognises that soil degradation is a serious challenge and commits Member States to intensify their efforts to reduce soil erosion, increase soil organic matter and remediate contaminated sites. In a recent study, the JRC (Joint Research Centre) found out that since 2011, over 5.000 new sites are under remediation or risk-reduction measures. Nevertheless, as countries adopt a different management approach, prevention and remediation still remain a work in progress.

The complete JRC technical report is available here.

This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s 'Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme', under Grant Agreement No 730052