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Abstract

One of the major threats to soils in Europe is the increase of flooding and landslides due to soil degradation. Recent events in Central and Eastern Europe have confirmed the urgent need for action in respect of an effective flood prevention strategy. This workshop aimed to gather more detailed information on the current situation in Candidate Countries concerning soil degradation. Country presentations focused on the eight major soil threats (erosion, decline in organic matter, sealing, compaction, salinization, loss of biodiversity and hydrogeological risks (floods and landslides)) identified as a priority for Europe and reported on the current extent of soil degradation processes, driving forces, pressures and possible economic impact. The workshop also provides a scientific input to ongoing discussions on the implementation in Europe of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

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Authors: JONES R J A, European Commission, Joint Research Council, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Soil and Waste Unit, Ispra (IT);MONTANARELLA L (EDITORS), European Commission, Joint Research Council, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Soil and Waste Unit, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20688 EN (2003), 324pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail: jrc-publications-office@ec.europa.eu
Record Number: 200316484 / Last updated on: 2003-07-28
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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