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Soil is one of the essential elements of the continental biosphere which necessitates a global policy for management, evaluation and conservation. To implement such a policy, it is necessary to have information harmonised both in space and time. It is the responsibility of the Individual Member States, or their Regions, to take the necessary steps to collect soil information. However it is difficult to implement environmental or agricultural policies without an harmonised soil information system which takes into account various and evolving needs.
Various DGs have funded some coordination tasks which were necessary for specific projects. For the past seven years, the Space Applications Institute through the MARS project in collaboration with DG XI has been active in developing a European data base on soils. There is a need for insured continuity and better involvement of the Member States and their specialised bodies in soil information, which should be achieved by the creation of an European Soil Bureau (ESB).
The present document has been submitted to the Advisory Committee of the ESB and has been approved as one of the documents setting the guidelines for the future activities of the European Soil Bureau. .

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Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16423 EN (1996) 21pp., FS
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT)
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