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In order to assess to what extent soil is protected (or damaged) there is a need to set up a system for evaluating the effects of Europe's sectorial policies arid Europe's environmental policies: sectorial reporting mechanisms to converge in a soil reporting mechanism. If such a system is not built up, the risk will be that although there are policy measures applied, leading to a reduction of pressures, this will not correspond immediately to an improvement in the environment. A soil reporting mechanism is a reporting system based on indicators and addressed to policy makers, which provides policy relevant information on selected soil issues on a periodical basis. With respect to the needs described above, significant progress has been made in harmonising existing basic data on soil types, in defining a framework for a European Soil Information System (EUSIS), and defining a framework for the assessment and monitoring of soil in Europe, but very limited progress has been made so far in obtaining an integrated assessment of changes.

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Authors: MONTANARELLA L, JRC-Space Applications Institute Agriculture and Regional Information Systems, European Soil Bureau, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Oral Report delivered at: Third Congress on Regional Geological cartography and Informations Systems, hosted by: Freistaat Bayern, Monarco (MC) 24-27 October, 2000
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