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In Europe, as well as in the world, a thorough knowledge of soil use and soil protection is of vital importance. The European Commission, in particular its Directorates General of Agriculture (DG VI), Environment (DG XI) and Research (DG XII), has Communities (EC) in 1985 is one of the result of these activities. This paper summarizes the different stages of the elaboration of this map and the associated geographical soil database. It focuses on the potential use of this information and its limits. This information is presently an important source of data for agricultural and environmental projects. However, the authors highlight the need for more precise data in space and time. Aware of this statement, the Commission through the Joint Research Centre (JRC) created a large thought with the support of the European Environmental Agency (EEA). This led to the creation of the European Soil Bureau as a new body of coordination for the Commission. At the same time, the EEA created the European Topic Centre on Soil (ETC-Soil). These two organizations should promote future harmonized programmes on soil mapping and monitoring in Europe.

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Bibliographic Reference: Article: Edafologia (1996)
Record Number: 199611176 / Last updated on: 1996-10-28
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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