Soils ‘policy’ is determined by a wide variety of organisation, not limited to national and devolved governments and the various enforcement agencies. Land management is also driven by research and recommendations by NGOs, farming groups, businesses and scientists – calls to action which aim to influence government policy and farmer behaviour and the role of numerous organisation in-between.
The following is a collection of the most authoritative and influential, categorised according to the organisation responsible.
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Regulations aimed at protecting water quality by controlling agricultural pollution.
Natural Capital Committee
Advising the government on the implementation of the 25 YEP; including the development of suitable metrics to be used to track progress against the Plan’s objectives.
This consultation will provide a framework to support the competitiveness of farming and food production and respond to the climate emergency ahead of the planned introduction of an Agriculture (Wales) Bill.
Some of the most significant impacts on soils occur as a result of construction activity, yet it appears there is a lack of awareness and understanding within the industry.
Leaving the EU provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform agriculture… so as better to promote health and harmony.
This consultation forms part of the civic conversation being led by the National Council of Rural Advisors, to start the debate on a comprehensive new approach to supporting the rural economy to achieve world class agricultural and environmental outcomes.
The Department is engaging with the wider farming, food and environmental sectors on a possible future agricultural policy framework for Northern Ireland.
The European Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) has been transposed into Northern Ireland regulations through The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017.
Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Lowland raised bogs are peatland ecosystems which develop primarily where drainage may be impeded; waterlogging provides anaerobic conditions which leads to an accumulation of peat, (elevating) the bog surface to form a gently-curving dome.
We need a combination of different actions to tackle agricultural diffuse pollution of water effectively.
Natural Capital Committee
How to ensure England’s ‘natural wealth’ is managed efficiently and sustainably.
A healthy natural environment is the foundation of sustained economic growth, prospering communities and personal wellbeing.
The Scottish biodiversity strategy is made up of two documents: a strategy for conserving biodiversity in Scotland up to 2030 and a plan to achieve the desired outcomes of the European Biodiversity Strategy for 2020 and the UN Aichi targets.
These regulations seek to tackle diffuse agricultural pollution and were created to comply with the Water Framework Directive.
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.