All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. The Commission is, given the scale of this subject concerning essentially the broad public interest, looking for input from a wide range of stakeholders, including citizens, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other organisations dealing with environmental and nature protection. All types of land managers, farm advisors, urban planners, rural and landscape developers, agro- (agrochemical, seed and other), food and beverage industry, extractive industries, other relevant industry stakeholders, research and academia as well competent public sectors in particular those dealing with the environment, agriculture, soil management and land planning are invited to participate.
Why we are consulting
Soils are essential ecosystems that deliver valuable services such as the provision of food, energy and raw materials, carbon sequestration, water purification and infiltration, nutrient regulation, pest control and recreation. Therefore, soil is crucial for fighting climate change, protecting human health, safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystems and ensuring food security. Healthy soils are a key enabler to achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal such as climate neutrality, biodiversity restoration, zero pollution, healthy and sustainable food systems and a resilient environment. The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 announced the update of the 2006 EU Soil Thematic Strategy to address soil and land degradation in a comprehensive way and to help achieve land degradation neutrality by 2030. The Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 highlights that it is essential to step up efforts to protect soil fertility, reduce erosion and increase soil organic matter. Significant progress is also needed on identifying contaminated sites, restoring degraded soils, defining the conditions for their good ecological status and improving the monitoring of soil quality.