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Launch of the EASAC policy report on “Opportunities for soil sustainability in Europe”

European Academies Science Advisory Council - EASAC

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 from 12:00 to 14:00 (CEST)

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Launch of the EASAC policy report on

“Opportunities for soil sustainability in Europe”

26 September 2018, 12:00 – 14:00, Palace of the Academies,

Rue Ducale 1, Brussels, Rubens Room (Main Building)
 

Soils provide numerous essential services in terrestrial ecosystems, ranging from the support of plant growth in agriculture and forestry to moderation of flood risks, water purification, large-scale carbon storage, and support of biodiversity. However, despite soils’ essential roles, they are
threatened by sealing, compaction, reductions in quality and organic-carbon content, and erosion, and insufficiently included in sustainability planning in the EU. A multidisciplinary group of European experts has examined the implications of recent scientific research for integrated policy solutions towards ensuring the sustainability of Europe’s soils, and identified many opportunities for policy-makers to safeguard this valuable resource for the benefit of the EU’s citizens.

 

 

 

Programme:

 
[12:00 light lunch available]

12:30 – 12:40

‘The European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) – who we are and what we do’

EASAC President Professor Thierry Courvoisier

  

12:40 – 13:00

‘Soils study: process and results’

Project leader Professor Wim van der Putten, Netherlands Institute of Ecology and

Wageningen University and Research

 

13:00 – 13:15

Policy implications from EASAC’s perspective

 Professor Michael Norton, Director of EASAC Environmental Programme


13:15 Panel discussion with

 

Representative of European Commission DG ENVI, Directorate D “Natural Capital”

 

Member of European Parliament – to be confirmed

 

Representative of the European Environmental Agency – Dr Rainer Baritz, Project Manager “Soil Assessments”

 

Representative of the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) – Dr Jabier Ruiz, Senior Policy Officer, Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems

 

Representative of COPA-COGECA - Mr Evangelos Koumentakos, Senior Policy Advisor for Climate Change, Air, Soil, Waste, Emissions

 

 
13:45 Open discussion of the panel with the audience

 
14:00 End of event [followed by coffee]

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Academy Palace
1 Rue Ducale
1000 Bruxelles
Belgium

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 from 12:00 to 14:00 (CEST)


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European Academies Science Advisory Council - EASAC

EASAC - the European Academies Science Advisory Council - is formed by the national science academies of the EU Member States to enable them to collaborate with each other in providing advice to European policy-makers.

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