Arwyn Jones

Joint Research Centre

European Commission

Soil in the European Green Deal

Arwyn provides expertise in policy as the European Commission’s in-house science service. The Joint Research Centre’s provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle.

Healthy soils underpin the sustainable development challenges that are at the heart of the European Green Deal. The need for sustainable soil management is explicitly referenced in a number of policy areas ranging from biodiversity, climate change, agriculture and pollution. The vision of the EU Soil Strategy 2030 is to significantly improve the state of soils by 2050 and to protect soils on the same legal basis as air and water. The proposed Soil Health Law will specify the conditions for a healthy soil, determine options for monitoring soil and establish rules conducive to sustainable soil use and restoration.

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