Soil provides us with essential services. We grow our food in it, it filters rainwater before it reaches aquifers, it supports our buildings, it hosts diverse life forms. Europeans need multi-functional and healthy soils locally and globally to maintain this natural capital while satisfying the needs of a prosperous society. Soil must be safeguarded by urban and rural spatial planning and sustaining soil and land management based on applying the best available knowledge.
This Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) is based on research and innovation needs identified by over 500 stakeholders from across Europe in a unique bottom-up approach. These needs reflect genuine demand from end users. It is designed to encourage collaborative funding by public and private parties.
It will also ensure that knowledge is widely applied by public sector bodies, SMEs and large enterprises
wishing to innovate and contribute to a greener, more socially cohesive, smarter and more competitive Europe.
Authors and Publishers
DG AGRI develops and carries out the Commission's policies on:
Agriculture and rural development
Of the Commission's 10 political priorities, DG AGRI contributes to:
- Jobs, growth and investment
- Digital single market
- Energy union and climate
- EU-US free trade
- Internal market
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa (UNCCD) is a Convention to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought through national action programs that incorporate long-term strategies supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements.