"Soils are complex habitats, deeply connected to rich flora and fauna. This makes it necessary to protect these diverse habitats. After the failure of the European Soil Framework Directive last year, we need new momentum for developing a European Soil Policy."
As a broad alliance of organisations for soil and nature protection we are calling for a binding European framework for soil protection – similar to the frameworks that protect water and air quality.
Common European Targets
For a European policy on soil protection we need to develop common targets. These goals have to include the conservation and protection of natural soil functions as well as soil structure. A good ecological status of European soils can only be achieved when targets are universally valid. EU-member states have to commit to a commonly agreed good ecological status – comparable to approach under the EU Water Framework Directive.