Healthy soils are essential for achieving climate neutrality, a clean and circular economy and stopping desertification and land degradation. They are also essential to reverse biodiversity loss, provide healthy food and safeguard human health.
The EU soil strategy for 2030 provides the framework and concrete steps towards protecting and restoring soils, and ensuring that they are used sustainably. As part of this, a new Soil Health Law by 2023 has been announced to ensure a level playing field and a high level of environmental and health protection.
The new law aims to help achieve healthy soils by 2050, with concrete actions by 2030. It will do so by identifying the key soil threats in the EU, such as erosion, floods and landslides, loss of soil organic matter, salinisation, contamination, compaction, sealing, as well as loss of soil biodiversity.
Previous and upcoming actions:
- 2023Commission to adopt proposal for a Soil Health Law
- 1 August - 24 October 2022Public consultation on the possible Soil Health Law
- 16 February - 16 March 2022Call for evidence ahead of upcoming possible legal provisions mentioned in the Soil Strategy
- 17 November 2021Commission adopts EU Soil Strategy for 2030
- EU soil strategy for 2030
- EU soil thematic strategy (2006)
- Circular economy action plan
- EU biodiversity strategy for 2030
- Zero pollution action plan
- Farm to fork strategy
- Forest strategy
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