On 2 February 2021, the European Commission launched a consultation on a new EU Soil Strategy. The consultation seeks views on the challenges and opportunities regarding land and soil ecosystem services, including the production of food, energy and raw materials, carbon sequestration, water purification, nutrient regulation and pest control.
The Soil Strategy will:
The consultation closes on 28 April 2021. It follows the Commission's November 2020 roadmap on the new Soil Strategy (see Legal update, European Commission adopts roadmap on new EU Soil Strategy). The Commission is planning to adopt a proposal for the strategy in Q2 of 2021.
The consultation is the last in a suite of public consultations on delivering commitments in the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030, including on nature restoration targets, a Zero Pollution Ambition for air, water and soil, reviewing EU rules on land use, land‑use change and forestry, and the new EU Forest Strategy.