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Abstract

The achievement of an optimum level of agricultural productivity in the European Community depends on, among other things, the manner in which its natural resources are utilised and conserved. Land is one of the most important of these resources. Hence a knowledge of the range, extent and properties of soils is a prerequisite to the rational development of our agricultural industry. In centuries past lack of awareness of the delicate equilibrium between soil stability and environmental conditions resulted in widespread soil degradation and erosion. Even now, on the threshold of the 21st century, use of modern technology is imposing manifold pressures on our soils which many of them are ill-suited to withstand. Considerations such as these prompted the Commission to examine the soil resources of the Community in the context of work being carried out worldwide by FAO. This soil map is the first fruits of these endeavours. It provides an extensive and reliable source of information which experts in agriculture, forestry, environment, socio-economics and education can now draw on when assisting policy makers to arrive at informed decisions on land utilisation at European, regional and national level.

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Authors: CEC CEC BRUXELLES (BELGIUM), CEC BRUXELLES (BELGIUM)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 8982 EN (1985) FS, BOOKLET 124 P. WITH MAPS IN BOXED SET BFR 4200; BOOKLET WITH ROLLED MAPS BFR 4600, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
Availability: Can be ordered online
Record Number: 1989125024400 / Last updated on: 1987-03-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en
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