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.