EU Soil Strategy for 2030

Reaping the benefits of healthy soils for people, food, nature and climate.


The EU soil strategy aims to ensure that, by 2050

  • all EU soil ecosystems are healthy and more resilient and can therefore continue to provide their crucial services
  • there is no net land take and soil pollution is reduced to levels that are no longer harmful to people’s health or ecosystems
  • protecting soils, managing them sustainably and restoring degraded soils is a common standard


The strategy contains several key actions

  • tabling a dedicated legislative proposal on soil health by 2023 to enable the objectives of the EU soil strategy and achieve good soil health by 2050
  • making sustainable soil management the new normal, by proposing a scheme for land owners to get their soils tested for free, promoting sustainable soil management through the CAP and sharing best practices
  • considering proposing legally binding objectives to limit  drainage of wetlands and organic soils and to restore managed and drained peatlands to mitigate and adapt to climate change
  • investigating streams of excavated soils and assessing the need and potential for a legally binding “soil passport” to boost circular the economy and enhance reuse of clean soil
  • restoring degraded soils and remediating contaminated sites
  • preventing desertification by developing a common methodology to assess desertification and land degradation
  • increasing research, data and monitoring on soil
  • mobilising the necessary societal engagement and financial resources
Document type
  • Policy/Strategy


Publication Year


Geographical focus
  • European Union (EU 27)
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • General

Entry created by Admin on November 7, 2022
Modified on November 7, 2022