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European Soil Charter

In 1972 an EC Committee of government ministers, including the UK, recognised the increasing biological deterioration of the soil in many parts of Europe and especially that used for agriculture and forestry which each year is damaged by pollution, erosion and poor management techniques.

  • The Committee adopted a charter for soil protection. The Charter recognises that:
  • soil is a precious asset;
  • soil is a limited resource which is easily destroyed;
  • land has a wide variety of uses and a proper planning policy is needed by Governments for urban development and civil engineering projects;
  • farmers and foresters must preserve the soils quality;
  • soil must be protected from erosion and pollution;
  • further research and collaboration is required to ensure the wise use and conservation of soil.

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