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FP6 SSP Research Project. ENVASSO – ENVironmental ASsessment of Soil for mOnitoring Mark Kibblewhite & Bob Jones NSRI Cranfield University Silsoe UK European Commission DG RTD Brussels ESBN Plenary, London 17-19 October 2005 . DG RTD Framework Programme 6.

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FP6 SSP Research Project

ENVASSO – ENVironmental ASsessment of Soil for mOnitoring

Mark Kibblewhite

&

Bob Jones

NSRI Cranfield University

Silsoe UK

European Commission DG RTD

Brussels

ESBN Plenary, London

17-19 October 2005

DG RTD Framework Programme 6

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The impact of human activities on soil

Manures and fertilisers

Diffuse input of contaminants as particulates

Acids

Sewage sludge

Persistent substances

Pesticides & herbicides

Gravel extraction

Heavy metals

Accumulation/

contamination

Gradual disappearance of farms

Soil erosion

Release of toxic substances

Compaction

salinisation

Distruction of humus

Sealing

Acidification

Blocking of soil functions important to the ecology of the landscape

Destruction of soil

Gradual destruction of soils

Reduction in soil fertility

Destruction of soil

Changes in the structure of soils

Reduction in soil fertility

Contamination of soils and ground water with applied agrochemicals and atmospheric pollutants

Changes in soil composition

Adverse impacts on living organisms in the soil

European Soil Information

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Threats to Soil identified in COM(2002) 179

  • Erosion
  • Organic matter loss
  • Soil contamination (1)
  • Soil sealing (1)
  • Soil compaction
  • Decline in soil biodiversity (1)
  • Salinisation
  • Floods and landslides

Threats in red are directly part of Desertification

1) These threats not included in current draft Soil Framework Directive

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ENVASSO Project – Proposal no. 022713

  • ENVASSO will design and test a single, integrated, EU-wide and operational set of measurable criteria and indicators as a basis for a harmonised comprehensive European soil and land information system.
  • The choice of criteria and indicators within ENVASSO will build on previous outputs from Technical Working Groups (TWGs) of the Soil thematic Strategy.
  • Formal protocols, procedures, tools and implementation recommendations will be developed for the collection, collation and reporting of harmonised soil European-wide information.
  • The objectives will be achieved by 5 core partners supported by 32 additional partners drawn from all 25 EU member states ensuring maximum impact to enhance soil protection at European level.
  • All the partners are members, or have close links with the European Soil Bureau Network and include EU and Associated States.
  • Criteria and indicators for the characterisation of soil and procedures / protocols for inventory and monitoring will be major deliverables.
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WP1

Criteria and

indicators

WP3

Database

Design

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Probable Timetable

  • Proposal submitted February 2005
  • Evaluation April/May 2005
  • Contract negotiation July-Sep 2005
  • Awaiting final contractual arrangements
  • Contract CU—EC
  • Bilateral agreement CU-Participant
  • Contract will begin in 2006
  • February/March
  • Kick off meeting 15 days after start date
  • Scientist in-charge + deputy
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