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The 6th Environmental Action Programme published by the Commission in 2001 established the objective to protect soils against erosion and pollution while the Sustainable Development Strategy, also published in 2001, noted that soil loss and declining fertility are eroding the viability of agricultural land. In order to ensure soil protection, the Commission intends to develop a thematic strategy. From 2002 onwards, the Commission will propose a series of environmental measures designed to prevent soil contamination. In addition, the Commission will prepare the ground for a proposal for soil monitoring legislation to be made in 2004. Furthermore, and also working with relevant partners, it will prepare a communication dealing with erosion, the decline in soil organic matter and soil contamination including recommendations for actions to overcome them.

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