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New guidelines to preserve the European soil

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Friday, 13 April 2012

New guidelines to preserve the European soil

According to a Press release by the European Commission (EC), soil sealing is one of the main causes of soil degradation in the EU, as it often affects fertile agricultural land, puts biodiversity at risk,  or increases the risk of flooding and water scarcity and contributes to global warming. New guidelines on best practice to limit, mitigate and compensate soil sealing have been recently made public by the EC. These guidelines, which will be discussed at the Conference on soil remediation and soil sealing on 10 and 11 May 2012 in Brussels, call for smarter spatial planning and using more permeable materials to preserve the European soil.
Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik recognises that the loss of soil resources is one of the major environmental challenges Europe is facing. “There is an urgent need to use this valuable resource more wisely, in order to secure its many vital services for future generations. We simply cannot pave over our chances for a sustainable future", he concludes.

Source: European Commission