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Soil Atlas of Europe Launch WELCOME Prof. Manfred Grasserbauer The Institute for Environment and Sustainability Ispra, Italy a Research Based Policy Support.

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1 Soil Atlas of Europe Launch WELCOME Prof. Manfred Grasserbauer The Institute for Environment and Sustainability Ispra, Italy a Research Based Policy Support Provider

2 Policy Context Sustainable use of natural resources Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection

3 The importance of soil Gardens need fertile soil for plants to grow. Logically, in order for the garden of Eden to exist, soil must have been a higher priority during Creation. Primary School Discussion! Man…despite his artistic pretensions and many accomplishments, owes his existence to a thin layer of topsoil …and the fact that it rains. Old Chinese Proverb

4 JRCs Mission is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of EU policies … …the JRC functions as a centre of science and technology reference for the EU, independent of special interests, private and national How can the JRC/IES help?

5 The Organisation of the JRC 7 Institutes in 5 Member States 2300 staff 300 M/y budget + 40 M income IE - Petten The Netherlands - Institute for Energy IRMM - Geel Belgium - Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements ITU - Karlsruhe Germany - Institute for Transuranium Elements IPSC - IHCP - IES - Ispra Italy - Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen - Institute for Health and Consumer Protection - Institute for Environment and Sustainability IPTS - Seville Spain - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies 1000 partners in networks partners in indirect actions

6 The IES aims... to provide Scientific & Technical support to EU policies for the Protection of the Environment, and to contribute to the EU Strategy on Sustainable Development Institute for Environment and Sustainability

7 EUROPEAN SOIL BUREAU NETWORK NSRI Soil data

8 Raising awareness of soil issues

9 Making soil data available European Soil Information System Users

10 Thank you for your interest! Remember to collect your copy of the atlas during lunch.


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