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In the framework of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the process of establishing the regional soil partnership for Europe is taking place. This new European Soil Partnership (ESP) has been formally established during the last Global Soil Week in October 2013 and is aiming towards federating all various stakeholders and institutions in Europe willing to adopt the principles of the World Soil Charter. You may read all the details about the GSP and the related regional soil partnerships at the GSP portal:

The European Commission, together with the institutions represented in the steering committee of the ESP, has taken up the lead in organizing this new European initiative. The aim is to bring together the various scattered networks and soil related activities into a common framework, open to all institutions and stakeholders willing to actively contribute to sustainable soil management in Europe.

As a first step the JRC convened the first plenary meeting of the ESP, 21-22 May 2014. The meeting was open to all interested stakeholders and institutions and set the foundations for the future activities of the ESP. This meeting was organized in combination to the 2014 EIONET NRC Soil meeting that provided an update on where soil fits within the EEA multi-annual work programme. On-going EEA soil activities and products that are planned in the short to medium term were presented. Some of these activities and products are in cooperation with JRC's 'Soil Resource Assessments' Project. Countries were invited to contribute with their view and expertise on how to develop/shape future activities, including data collection efforts.

Find below the list of presentations of the ESP meeting on 21 and 22 May 2014, structured according to the proposed agenda, and the list of presentations in the EIONET NRC Soil Meeting of 23 May 2014. Reports for both meetings are in preparation and will be published when ready.

ESP Meeting(21-22 May 2014)

Agenda of the ESP Meeting
List of participants in the ESP meeting & EIONET meeting

Presentations 1st Day (21 May 2014)


European Soil Partnership Meeting – A Roadmap Introduction of the five pillars of action of the ESP

Soil Management in Europe: Challenges & Opportunities

Towards European Policies on the Sustainable Management of Soil Resources

Presentations 2nd Day (22 May 2014)

Promote Targeted Soil Research

Soil Data and Information

Harmonization of methods and measurements

EIONET Meeting(23 May 2014)

Agenda of the EIONET NRC Soil Meeting 2014

Presentations during the Meeting:

Minutes of the EIONET NRC Soil Meeting 2014


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European Commission - Joint Research Centre
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Marc Van Liedekerke(tel. +39-0332-785179)
Panos Panagos (tel. +39-0332-785574)