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The European Strategy for Soil Protection

29 April 2004, Brussels

In recent years, intensive effort at the European level has been devoted to creating a comprehensive strategy for soil protection. In order to achieve a sustainable level of soil protection, an integrated approach to land use planning and environmental management is crucial. With an average of 147 inhabitants per km², the European Union is one of the most densely populated regions in the world. Every ten years, the area of sealed land in Europe grows by two percent. Increasing soil sealing is regarded as one of the main threats to soil in Europe and is therefore high on the political agenda, not only at the European level, but also at the national, regional and municipal levels.

The goal of the workshop “European Strategy for Soil Protection” is to present and discuss the ongoing activities at the European level in view of the Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection. The workshop will concentrate on three issues: site management, site recycling and soil information and monitoring systems. In Bavaria, various initiatives and projects to support sustainable land use have been carried out These activities, as well as best practices from selected Member States, will be presented and discussed at the workshop. The workshop should also be seen as a contribution in the framework of the Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe (ENCORE).

The conference will bring together an inter-disciplinary selection of experts, including represen-tatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Federal States of Germany. Furthermore, experts from the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) other research institutes, industry and non-government organisations are invited.

Conference Languages are German and English.

A German summary of the conference results can be downloaded here:

Zusammenfassung [PDF, 58 KB, de]

Here you can find pictures of the event.

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Ecologic organises this Workshop on behalf of the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection and in co-operation with the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union.


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