Soil Reporting

​Action and major initiatives on monitoring soil security, quality and conservation

action for future monitoring image 2.jpgEfforts to establish a comprehensive and integrated reporting obligations procedure about local conditions of soil quality are still at their infancy. 

Likewise, there is no universally-acceptable infrastructure addressing regional (European Union) and global (internationally led by UN agencies or delegate institutions) initiatives managing inter-related soil information. Meanwhile, several countries across Europe and elsewhere have their own specific legislative instruments, developed with various levels of success, to address national and sub-national issues associated with soil security (quality, health and sustainable management).

Although the current text version of the Soil Framework Directive, proposed by the European Commission (and supported by the INSPIRE Directive), has now been withdrawn following a REFIT assessment, it is still an important legislative instrument at regional level which is expected to intensify Member States efforts to address this lacuna of environment protection. 

Parallel to that, broader efforts are being planned at international level in order to enable policy and decision-makers to address this sector within the wider sustainable development targets established during the 1992 Convention for Sustainable Development (known as the 'Rio Summit') and its recent follow-up: the Rio 20 global event held during June 2012.


Examples of potential reporting requirements and procedures intended to support regional and global activities: EU Level International/ Multilateral Level

In Malta, the 1973 Fertile Soil (Preservation) Act is the only primary legislative instrument regulating this resource.

Specific reporting procedures emerging from a future Soil Framework Directive (click here to view text withdrawn in 2014 after a REFIT review) would be released once Member States agree on reviewed measures included under an alternative text.