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Updated Inventory and Assessment of Soil Protection Policy Instruments in EU Member States

Updated Inventory and Assessment of Soil Protection Policy Instruments in EU Member States

Based on a comprehensive analysis of EU laws and nationally initiated policies in 28 Member States, a new study led by Ecologic Institute assesses how existing EU legislation protects soils, identifying gaps and incoherencies in policy coverage. While valuable, and in some cases strong, provisions for soils are in place in EU law, several important weaknesses remain. Nationally initiated policies do not consistently address these gaps in EU legislation, leading to a situation where requirements for soil protection can vary significantly across Member States. The study provides an up-to-date understanding of soil protection policies in Europe, delivering a baseline on which to discuss further EU soil policy action. The study is available for download.


Citation

Frelih-Larsen, A., C. Bowyer, S. Albrecht, C. Keenleyside, M. Kemper, S. Nanni, S. Naumann, R., D. Mottershead, R. Landgrebe, E. Andersen, P. Banfi, S. Bell, I. Brémere, J. Cools, S. Herbert, A. Iles, E. Kampa, M. Kettunen, Z. Lukacova, G. Moreira, Z. Kiresiewa, J. Rouillard, J. Okx, M. Pantzar, K. Paquel, R. Pederson, A. Peepson, F. Pelsy, D. Petrovic, E. Psaila, B. Šarapatka, J. Sobocka, A.-C. Stan, J. Tarpey, R. Vidaurre (2016). ‘Updated Inventory and Assessment of Soil Protection Policy Instruments in EU Member States.’ Final Report to DG Environment. Berlin: Ecologic Institute.

Language
English
Author(s)
C. Bowyer
C. Keenleyside
S. Nanni
D. Mottershead
E. Andersen
P. Banfi
I. Brémere
J. Cools
S. Herbert
A. Iles
M. Kettunen
Z. Lukacova
G. Moreira
J. Okx
M. Pantzar
K. Paquel
R. Pederson
A. Peepson
F. Pelsy
D. Petrovic
E. Psaila
B. Šarapatka
J. Sobocka
A.-C. Stan
Credits

Project officers at DG Environment, Josiane Masson and Jacques DelSalle, and members of the project Steering Group.

Members of the Expert Group on Soil Protection and of the EIONET Soil Network who contributed with contributions and revisions of the Soil Wiki: Aabling, J., V. Antoni, Ó. Arnalds, M. Bednarek, A. Benedetti, H. Bendová, J. Berényi-Üveges, Y. Beeckmann, A. Bieber, C. Bitaud, J. Bollmann, B. Borisova, A. Callaba-de-Roa, I. Cakars, F.-J. Cano-Monasterio, S. Capus, C. Carpino, F. N. Cebecioğlu, M. Cleen, R. Creamer, M. Cvetkovska, H. Čustović, S. Cutajar, C. Duggan, O. Düwel, E. Van Dyck, T. Federico, F. Fumanti, E. Georgieva, F. Glante, E. Goidts, V. Gregorauskienė, T. Haavisto, A. Hili, P. Ignat, V. Janova, G. Juritsch, M. Karjaste, I. Kisic, J. Klápště, J. Kobza, K. Kruse, J. Kwapisz, M. van Liedekerke, M. Löfroth, A. Louis, R.-M. Madail-Vilão, Z. Marko, L. Martin-Fernandez, M. Marx, H. Matoz, J. Matthews, D. Middleton, C. Molenaar, K. Nowak, B. O’Neill, H. Okholm, D. Ozola, A.-M. Pajukallio, M. Patsalidou, M. J. Pereira, T. Petrova, L. Pires do Rosário, N. Pishmanov, P. Penu, A. Pyl-Kutrzepa, S. Rutkowska, M. Sáňka, B. Sarapatka, K. Schotten, A. Sienkiewicz, H. Sigbert, J. Skates, M.-F. Slak, J. Sobocká, A. Spanischberger, A. Steinberger, P. Straňák, M. Swerts, C. Szilveszter, H. Teija, V. Vassileva, G. Vasiliu-Isac, P. Varelidis, D. Vidojevic., M. Vihovanec-Sabo, F. Wegmann, A. Wintersen.

Technical support in setting up and populating the Wiki: S. Nageswaran, I. Merbold, J. Reali

R. Bodle, K. Hart, and S. Wunder for valuable comments and inputs.

Funding
Year
2017
Dimension
462 pp.
Project ID
2576
Table of Contents

Executive Summary
1 Introduction
1.1 Project Objectives
1.2 Methodological Approach
1.3 Structure of the Report
2 Online Inventory of Soil Protection Policy Instruments in the EU
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Soil Wiki Structure
2.3 Soil Wiki Content
3 Analysis of EU and National Policies for Soil Protection
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Assessment of the Common Agricultural Policy and Complementary Measures on Agricultural and Forest Land
4 Overarching European Policies
4.1 Conceptualisation of the Policy Cluster
4.2 Assessment of the Key Policies within the Cluster
4.3 Integrated Assessment of the Overarching Policy Cluster
4.4 Comparing Coverage of EU and National Policies – Outstanding Questions and Conclusions on Policy Coverage
5 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Complementary Measures on Agricultural and Forest Land
5.1 Conceptualisation of the CAP Policy Cluster
5.2 Integrated Assessment of the Key Policies within the Cluster
5.3 Integrated Assessment of the CAP Policy Cluster
5.4 EU-28 analysis of Member State Implementation of Selected CAP Measures
5.5 EU-28 Synthesis of CAP Measures Supporting Specific Agricultural Management Practices Relevant to Soil Protection
6 Industrial and Point Source Contamination
6.1 Conceptualisation of the Policy Cluster
6.2 Integrated Assessment of the Key Policies within the Cluster
6.3 Integrated Assessment of the Industrial and Point Source Contamination Policy Cluster
6.4 Comparing EU Level Issues and Gaps to Member State Policy Action
6.5 Comparing Coverage of EU and National Policies – Outstanding Questions and Conclusions on Policy Coverage
7 Diffuse Contamination and Water Management
7.1 Conceptualisation of the Policy Cluster
7.2 Integrated Assessment of the Key Policies within the Cluster
7.3 Integrated Assessment of the Diffuse Pollution and Water Management Policy Cluster
7.4 Comparing EU Level Issues and Gaps to Member State Policy Action
7.5 Comparing Coverage of EU and National Policies – Outstanding Questions and Conclusions on Policy Coverage
8 Nature Protection, Land Use Planning and Soil Sealing
8.1 Conceptualisation of the Policy Cluster
8.2 Integrated Assessment of the Key Policies within the Cluster
8.3 Coverage of Soil Functions across the Cluster
8.4 Integrated Assessment of the Nature Protection, Land Use Planning and Soil Sealing Policy Cluster
8.5 Comparing EU Level Issues and Gaps to Member State Policy Action
8.6 Comparing Coverage of EU and National Policies – Outstanding Questions and Conclusions on Policy Coverage
9 Climate Change and Energy
9.1 Conceptualisation of the Policy Cluster
9.2 Integrated Assessment of the Key Policies within the Cluster
9.3 Integrated Assessment of the Climate Change and Energy Cluster
9.4 Comparing EU Level Issues and Gaps to Member State Policy Action
9.5 Comparing Coverage of EU and National Policies – Outstanding Questions and Conclusions on Policy Coverage
10 Key Messages: Policy Coverage of Soil Protection in Europe
10.1 Framing and Scope of the Analysis
10.2 Conclusions
11 References
12 Annex 1: Labels in Soil Wiki
13 Annex 2: Soil Stakeholders’ Conference Report
13.1 Executive Summary
13.2 Introduction
13.3 Agenda
13.4 Plenary Session 1- State of Play of Soil Protection Policies in the EU
13.5 Lunch Time Session – European Soil Partnership (ESP)
13.6 Parallel working sessions
13.7 Plenary Session 2 – Wrap up from parallel sessions
14 Annex 3: EU Policy Instrument Fiches

Keywords
soil, soil inventory, gap analysis, policy assessment, Soil Framework Directive, Europe, Wiki