Presentation on theme: "WELCOME Soil Atlas of Europe Launch Prof. Manfred Grasserbauer"— Presentation transcript:
1WELCOME Soil Atlas of Europe Launch Prof. Manfred Grasserbauer The Institute for Environment and SustainabilityIspra, Italya Research Based Policy Support ProviderLord Bach and representatives from the Department for Environment, Food, Rural Affairs.Distinguished guests.Members of the European Soil Bureau Network.Colleagues from other EU Institutions and the National Soil Res.It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the public launch of the first ever soil atlas of Europe.
2Policy Context Sustainable use of natural resources Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection
3Primary School Discussion! The importance of soil“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“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!
4How can the JRC/IES help? JRC’s 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
5The Organisation of the JRC 7 Institutes in 5 Member States 2300 staff 300 M€/y budget + 40 M€ incomeIE - Petten The NetherlandsInstitute for EnergyIRMM - Geel Belgium- Institute for Reference Materials and MeasurementsITU - Karlsruhe Germany- Institute for Transuranium ElementsIPSC - IHCP - IES - Ispra Italy- Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen- Institute for Health and Consumer Protection- Institute for Environment and SustainabilityIPTS - Seville Spain- Institute for Prospective Technological Studies1000 partners in networks partners in indirect actions
6Institute for Environment and Sustainability The IES aims...to provide Scientific & Technical support to EU policies for the Protection of the Environment, andto contribute to the EU Strategy on Sustainable Development
9Making soil data available Concerning the future, as we have seen, there is an urgent need to improve our knowledge on European soils both in space and in time. This means more accurate and precise soil databases, like the 1:250,000 scale Georeferenced Soil Database for Europe, but, more importantly, our knowledge of the evolution over time of the major soil degradation processes currently present in Europe. In order to gain such a time dimension in our flow of information we need to develop a coherent approach to soil monitoring at EU level. Both information layers, the spatial dimension and the time dimension, should form the future European System of Soil Data as outlined in the soil communication. Such a system should provide reliable and policy relevant soil information in support of the future EU Thematic Strategy on Soil Protection.European Soil Information SystemUsers
10Thank you for your interest! Remember to collect your copy of the atlas during lunch.