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This study attempts to identify the critical factors leading to soil erosion as well as the fundamental governmental policies necessary to execute a thorough program, based on worldwide co-operation for soil preservation.

The program also involves promoting methods of better soil tillage, better agricultural practises and production systems and the beneficial utilization of resources with the intention of minimising their impact on the greater soil biomass.

Since recent scientific studies have illustrated that soil is important to the biosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and lithosphere, core to this project was developing a greater and more comprehensive understanding of the social impact man has on soils and how it has affected the balance role of soil in the stability and functioning of the food chain.

This study endeavours to list each of these factors by country, analysing each country's unique problematical criteria as well as illustrating their innovative and enlightened approach to changing policy, social approach and understanding of the role and impact soil has on mankind.

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Authors: MONTANARELLA L (EDITORS), JRC- Environment Institute;RUELLAN A, JRC- Environment Institute;DOSSO M, JRC- Environment Institute;LAHMAR R, JRC- Environment Institute
Bibliographic Reference: EUR: 19723 EN (2000) 327pp, Euro: Free of charge
Availability: available from JRC, Ispra (IT) fax: +39-0332-785818
Record Number: 200013091 / Last updated on: 2001-06-12
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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