Soil degradation in Europe has increasingly been recognised as a serious problem. A review by the RECARE project "Soil threats in Europe: Status, methods, drivers and effects on ecosystem services" has assessed the extent and degree of soil threats across Europe. To learn more about the individual threats affecting our soil click on the interactive diagram below or the menus on the left.



Useful Resources on Soil Threats

Joint Research Centre (JRC) - European Soil Data Centre Themes

EU Report - Research for AGRI Committee – Preserving agricultural soils in the EU

Soil erosion Desertification Salinization Compaction Soil sealing Soil contamination Loss of organic matter Floods and landslide Soil biodiversity