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 firstname.lastname@example.org