CIWEM has recently updated its’ soils policy position statement, covering the value, threats, and policies needed to protect and enhance soils. This blog focuses on the threats soils face.
Soil is the foundation of life. Literally. It supports the buildings we live and work in but also provides services that we couldn’t live without. We rely on soils to support wildlife and provide nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, water filtration and goods such as food, building materials and energy. Meeting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, the 25 Year Environment Plan commitments and working towards net zero all need soils to be protected and enhanced.
However, our soils are not being meticulously cared for. Despite their huge value to nature and humanity soils are facing, and suffering from, several threats.
We can’t eliminate all the risks soils face, but we can raise awareness and improve the policies that guide farmers, developers and others to manage them and reduce the impact on soils.
Our latest policy position statement sets out 14 recommendations to address the threats soils are facing. Access the summary and the full statement here.
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