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First soil atlas of Europe released

Janez Potoènik and Stavros Dimas, European Commissioners for Science and Research and Environment launched the Soil Atlas at the European Parliament during the Info Days on the activities of the Commission’s DG Joint Research Centre.

The Atlas consists of high quality soil maps and easy to understand texts supported by unique photographs. It is based on the European Soil Information System developed by the Commission covering the whole European Union and bordering countries.

The Atlas attempts to illustrate the complex inter-linkages between soil degradation processes and threats to human health and security by describing and mapping major soil functions. The Atlas also discusses the principal threats to soil across Europe.