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Soil degradation accelerates in Europe
Feb 29, 2012

A new report published by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows that the main soil degradation processes are accelerating in many parts of Europe, often as a result of human activities. The report presents an overview on the state of soil in Europe using data from the European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC) and from research activities within the JRC. It shows that soil resources in many parts of Europe are being overexploited, degraded and irreversibly lost. These trends are accelerated by inappropriate land management practices, industrial activities and land use changes. Bringing together data which are often fragmented and incomplete, ESDAC – a focal point for pan-European data and information on soil – allows trends such as soil sealing, contamination, erosion and loss of organic carbon to be captured.

The core of the report was prepared for the Assessment on Soil, which forms part of the The European Environment - state and outlook 2010 Report (SOER) 2010.

 JRC press release

EEA press release

DG Environment press release

Report - The State of Soil in Europe