The 25 Year Environment Plan and Soils:
Grounds for Optimism or Barren Landscape?

On 13 March 2018 the Sustainable Soils Alliance convened a discussion around soils policy as outlined in the government's recent 25 Year Environment Plan. The event, at Portcullis House in Westminster, was sponsored by Rebecca Pow MP, PPS to DEFRA, and featured all the key players in the sphere of soil health.

The event served to question whether the 25 Year Environment Plan provides a sufficient framework of actions and targets needed to meet the objective of sustainably-managed soils by 2030, specifically in the context of the SSA's eight-point Call to Action. Speakers and attendees identified the soil policy areas that need particular focus and attention in the months and years ahead.

Attendees were also given the opportunity to hear the outcomes of our first work-stream looking at options and opportunities for on-farm monitoring of soil health developed in collaboration with CEH, the Soil Security Programme and the AHDB Soil Biology & Soil Health Research Partnership.

Guests were canvassed with the following question, with answers requested on the back of a postcard at the end of the event:

WHAT THREE POLICIES NEED TO BE PRIORITISED IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE DEFRA'S 25 YEAR ENVIRONMENT PLAN OBJECTIVE OF SUSTAINABLY-MANAGED SOILS BY 2030? 

Please send your responses to info@sustainablesoils.org

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Keynote: Dieter Helm of the Natural Capital Committee on soils policy & the government's recent 25 Year Environment Plan. March 2018

Keynote: George Eustice, SoS for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, addressing the Sustainable Soils Alliance Parliamentary event on the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan, 13th March 2018

Neville Fay, Co-Director of the Sustainable Soil Alliance addressing the Parliamentary event on the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan, 13th March 2018.

Keynote: Zac Goldsmith MP addressing the Sustainable Soils Alliance Parliamentary event on the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan on 13th March 2018

Rebecca Pow MP, PPS to the Defra Ministers, addressing the Sustainable Soils Alliance Parliamentary event on the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan on 13th March 2018.

Keynote: Tony Juniper, Advocacy and Campaigns Director, WWF, addressing the Sustainable Soils Alliance Parliamentary event on the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan on 13th March 2018.

Keynote: Sir Tim Smit, co-Founder of the Eden Project, addressing the Sustainable Soils Alliance Parliamentary event on the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan, 13th March 2018.

Ben Raskin, Soil Association, addressing the Sustainable Soils Alliance Parliamentary event on the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan, 13th March 2018.

Dr Liz Stockdale, of NIAB and the SSA Science Panel, addressing the Sustainable Soils Alliance Parliamentary event on the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan, 13th March 2018.

Guy Thompson, EnTrade, Wessex Water, addressing the Sustainable Soils Alliance Parliamentary event on the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan on 13th March 2018.

Craig Sams, Executive Chair of Carbon Gold, addressing the Sustainable Soils Alliance Parliamentary event on the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan, 13th March 2018.

Vicki Hird, Sustain, addressing the Sustainable Soils Alliance Parliamentary event on the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan on 13th March 2018.

Philip Lymbery, CEO, Compassion in World Farming, addressing the Sustainable Soils Alliance Parliamentary event on the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan, 13th March 2018.

Mark Pope, Chair, NFU Environment Forum, addressing the Sustainable Soils Alliance Parliamentary event on the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan, 13th March 2018.

Peter Head, Founder and CEO, Ecological Sequestration Trust, addressing the Sustainable Soils Alliance Parliamentary event on the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan, 13th March 2018.

Andrew Voysey, Institute for Sustainable Leadership, addressing the Sustainable Soils Alliance Parliamentary event on the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan, 13th March 2018.

Sue Pritchard, RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, addressing the Sustainable Soils Alliance Parliamentary event on the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan, 13th March 2018.

Arlin Rickard, CEO, The Rivers Trust, addressing the Sustainable Soils Alliance Parliamentary event on the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan on 13th March 2018.

Duncan Rawson, EFFP, addressing the Sustainable Soils Alliance Parliamentary event on the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan, 13th March 2018.

Richard Laverick, AHDB, addressing the Sustainable Soils Alliance Parliamentary event on the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan on 13th March 2018.

Dr Kevin Austin, Environment Agency, addressing the Sustainable Soils Alliance Parliamentary event on the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan, 13th March 2018.