Presentation on theme: "Soil Atlas of Europe Launch WELCOME Prof. Manfred Grasserbauer The Institute for Environment and Sustainability Ispra, Italy a Research Based Policy Support."— Presentation transcript:
Soil Atlas of Europe Launch WELCOME Prof. Manfred Grasserbauer The Institute for Environment and Sustainability Ispra, Italy a Research Based Policy Support Provider
Policy Context Sustainable use of natural resources Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection
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
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?
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
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
EUROPEAN SOIL BUREAU NETWORK NSRI Soil data
Raising awareness of soil issues
Making soil data available European Soil Information System Users
Thank you for your interest! Remember to collect your copy of the atlas during lunch.