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Governance & policy

We maintain a library of the latest UK and international research and policy background material, accessible for anyone interested in learning more about the science and policies around soil health.

Sustainable Seas Report    Environmental Audit Committee  17 January 2019   As much as 40% of the world’s oceans are heavily affected by human activities. Climate change, overfishing and pollution are the three greatest threats to the ocean.

Sustainable Seas Report

Environmental Audit Committee

17 January 2019

As much as 40% of the world’s oceans are heavily affected by human activities. Climate change, overfishing and pollution are the three greatest threats to the ocean.

Clean Air Strategy    UK Government  14 January 2019   Government must act to tackle air pollution which shortens lives. Air pollution is a result of the way we currently generate power, heat homes, produce food, manufacture consumer goods & power transport.

Clean Air Strategy

UK Government

14 January 2019

Government must act to tackle air pollution which shortens lives. Air pollution is a result of the way we currently generate power, heat homes, produce food, manufacture consumer goods & power transport.

The guide to cross compliance in England    Defra  January 2019  ‘ Cross compliance’ is a set of rules which farmers and land managers must follow if they are claiming rural payments.

The guide to cross compliance in England

Defra

January 2019

Cross compliance’ is a set of rules which farmers and land managers must follow if they are claiming rural payments.

Draft Environment (Principles & Governance) Bill    Defra  19 December 2018   Sets out how we will maintain environmental standards as we leave the EU & build on the vision of the 25 YEP.

Draft Environment (Principles & Governance) Bill

Defra

19 December 2018

Sets out how we will maintain environmental standards as we leave the EU & build on the vision of the 25 YEP.

UK Progress on Reducing Nitrate Pollution    Environmental Audit Committee  22 November 2018   High levels of nitrates in water cause oxygen depletion which is harmful to humans & biodiversity.

UK Progress on Reducing Nitrate Pollution

Environmental Audit Committee

22 November 2018

High levels of nitrates in water cause oxygen depletion which is harmful to humans & biodiversity.

Agriculture Bill    Defra  12 September 2018   The first Agriculture Bill in the UK since 1947 presents the government’s plans for farming, land management and the countryside post-Brexit.

Agriculture Bill

Defra

12 September 2018

The first Agriculture Bill in the UK since 1947 presents the government’s plans for farming, land management and the countryside post-Brexit.

Environmental Land Management: Our vision for a future scheme    Defra  May 2018   Built on a foundation of the Government ambition to leave the environment in a better state than it was found.

Environmental Land Management: Our vision for a future scheme

Defra

May 2018

Built on a foundation of the Government ambition to leave the environment in a better state than it was found.

The Government's 25 Year Plan for the Environment    EAC  18 July 2018   Worryingly, [the 25 YEP] lacks details of how objectives will be achieved. Legislation is required to implement key proposals & ensure  lasting impact.

The Government's 25 Year Plan for the Environment

EAC

18 July 2018

Worryingly, [the 25 YEP] lacks details of how objectives will be achieved. Legislation is required to implement key proposals & ensure lasting impact.

UK Peatland Strategy 2018-2040    International Union for the Conservation of Nature  April 2018   Peatlands are among the most valuable ecosystems on Earth and a stark example of how important our natural environment is to our wellbeing.

UK Peatland Strategy
2018-2040

International Union for the Conservation of Nature

April 2018

Peatlands are among the most valuable ecosystems on Earth and a stark example of how important our natural environment is to our wellbeing.

A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment    HM Government  2018   The Government’s comprehensive and long-term approach to protecting and enhancing England’s natural landscapes and habitats for the next generation.

A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment

HM Government

2018

The Government’s comprehensive and long-term approach to protecting and enhancing England’s natural landscapes and habitats for the next generation.

Health & Harmony: the future for food, farming & the environment in a Green Brexit    Defra  February 2018   Leaving the EU provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform agriculture… so as better to promote health and harmony.

Health & Harmony: the future for food, farming & the environment in a Green Brexit

Defra

February 2018

Leaving the EU provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform agriculture… so as better to promote health and harmony.

Soil Health: First Report of Session 2016-17    Environmental Audit Committee  May 2016   Soil is crucial to society. Neglecting soil health could have dire consequences for food security, climate change & public health.

Soil Health: First Report of Session 2016-17

Environmental Audit Committee

May 2016

Soil is crucial to society. Neglecting soil health could have dire consequences for food security, climate change & public health.

Securing UK Soil Health    Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology  August 2015   In England & Wales, soil degradation costs c.£1bn/year. This brief outlines evidence for measures that sustain soils & existing policies affecting soil health.

Securing UK Soil Health

Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology

August 2015

In England & Wales, soil degradation costs c.£1bn/year. This brief outlines evidence for measures that sustain soils & existing policies affecting soil health.

New basic rules for farmers to tackle diffuse water pollution from agriculture in England    Defra  2015   We need a combination of different actions to tackle agricultural diffuse pollution of water effectively.

New basic rules for farmers to tackle diffuse water pollution from agriculture in England

Defra

2015

We need a combination of different actions to tackle agricultural diffuse pollution of water effectively.

Protecting & Improving Natural Capital for Prosperity & Wellbeing    Natural Capital Committee: 3rd report to EAC  2015   How to ensure England’s ‘natural wealth’ is managed efficiently and sustainably.

Protecting & Improving Natural Capital for Prosperity & Wellbeing

Natural Capital Committee: 3rd report to EAC

2015

How to ensure England’s ‘natural wealth’ is managed efficiently and sustainably.

Natural Environment White Paper: Implementation update report    Defra  October 2014   A healthy natural environment is the foundation of sustained economic growth, prospering communities and personal wellbeing.

Natural Environment White Paper: Implementation update report

Defra

October 2014

A healthy natural environment is the foundation of sustained economic growth, prospering communities and personal wellbeing.

Environmental Economics & Environmental Policy: Some Introductory Comments    University of Kent / La Strobe University  January 2013   In this paper we will explain why economics matters for nature conservation.

Environmental Economics & Environmental Policy: Some Introductory Comments

University of Kent / La Strobe University

January 2013

In this paper we will explain why economics matters for nature conservation.

The Natural Choice: Securing the value of nature    Natural Environment White Paper, Defra  2011   Nature is sometimes taken for granted and undervalued. But people cannot flourish without the benefits & services our natural environment provides.

The Natural Choice: Securing the value of nature

Natural Environment White Paper, Defra

2011

Nature is sometimes taken for granted and undervalued. But people cannot flourish without the benefits & services our natural environment provides.

UK National Ecosystem Assessment    Defra  2011   The natural world is critically important to wellbeing & economic prosperity, but consistently undervalued in economic analyses & decision making.

UK National Ecosystem Assessment

Defra

2011

The natural world is critically important to wellbeing & economic prosperity, but consistently undervalued in economic analyses & decision making.

Safeguarding our Soils: A Strategy for England    DEFRA  September 2009   Along with air and water, soil is one of the building blocks of life. Yet it is so much a part of everyday life that there’s a danger of taking it for granted.

Safeguarding our Soils: A Strategy for England

DEFRA

September 2009

Along with air and water, soil is one of the building blocks of life. Yet it is so much a part of everyday life that there’s a danger of taking it for granted.

Soil Strategy for England - Supporting Evidence Paper    DEFRA  September 2009   A detailed analysis of the evidence on why soils are important and the pressures being faced; published alongside the Soil Strategy.

Soil Strategy for England - Supporting Evidence Paper

DEFRA

September 2009

A detailed analysis of the evidence on why soils are important and the pressures being faced; published alongside the Soil Strategy.

Our strategy for protecting, managing and restoring soil    Environment Agency  October 2007   We have seen a steady loss of soil because of development and increasing signs of damage, degradation and erosion.

Our strategy for protecting, managing and restoring soil

Environment Agency

October 2007

We have seen a steady loss of soil because of development and increasing signs of damage, degradation and erosion.

POSTnote: UK Soil Degradation    Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology  July 2006   The nature and extent of soil degradation in the UK, and the challenges and opportunities for soils in a changing climate.

POSTnote: UK Soil Degradation

Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology

July 2006

The nature and extent of soil degradation in the UK, and the challenges and opportunities for soils in a changing climate.