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Soil strategy for 2030

Reaping the benefits of healthy soils for people, food, nature and climate.


The EU soil strategy aims to ensure that, by 2050

  • all EU soil ecosystems are healthy and more resilient and can therefore continue to provide their crucial services
  • there is no net land take and soil pollution is reduced to levels that are no longer harmful to people’s health or ecosystems
  • protecting soils, managing them sustainably and restoring degraded soils is a common standard


The strategy contains several key actions

  • tabling a dedicated legislative proposal on soil health by 2023 to enable the objectives of the EU soil strategy and achieve good soil health by 2050
  • making sustainable soil management the new normal, by proposing a scheme for land owners to get their soils tested for free, promoting sustainable soil management through the CAP and sharing best practices
  • considering proposing legally binding objectives to limit  drainage of wetlands and organic soils and to restore managed and drained peatlands to mitigate and adapt to climate change
  • investigating streams of excavated soils and assessing the need and potential for a legally binding “soil passport” to boost circular the economy and enhance reuse of clean soil
  • restoring degraded soils and remediating contaminated sites
  • preventing desertification by developing a common methodology to assess desertification and land degradation
  • increasing research, data and monitoring on soil
  • mobilising the necessary societal engagement and financial resources


Previous and upcoming actions:

  1. 1 August - 24 October 2022
    Public consultation on the possible Soil Health Law
  2. 16 February - 16 March 2022
    Call for evidence ahead of upcoming possible legal provisions mentioned in the Soil Strategy
  3. 17 November 2021
    Commission adopts EU Soil Strategy for 2030

Related Strategies

The former Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection (2012)  identifies the key soil threats in the EU as erosion, floods and landslides, loss of soil organic matter, salinisation, contamination, compaction, sealing and loss of soil biodiversity. It consists of a Communication (COM (2006) 231) from the Commission to the other European institutions, a proposal for a framework Directive (COM(2006) 232), and an Impact Assessment (SEC(2006) 620).

View the 2012 policy report on the implementation of this strategy. It contains an overview of actions taken to implement the four pillars of the Strategy, namely awareness raising, research, integration, and legislation.


Healthy soils are the foundation of 95% of the food we eat and host 25% of all biodiversity on the planet. They are our allies against climate change. Our goal is to ensure that all soil ecosystems in the EU are healthy and resilient by 2050.