Soil Status and Protection

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The 68th United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS) and accordingly nominated the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) with responsibility to implement the IYS 2015 objectives. Soil protection and sustainable soil management are at the core of the objectives of the IYS. Specifically in relation to soil protection, the UN calls for effective policies and actions for sustainable management and protection of soil resources and also advocates the rapid capacity enhancement of soil information collection and monitoring at all levels (global, regional and national) (FAO, 2015a). Despite the growing recognition that soil is an important non-renewable resource that delivers multiple benefits to society there is a lack of legal protection for the soil resource. Soil quality (ecosystem services and goods provided by the soil) and protection is vital to ensure soil resources and sustainable development into the future.

A meta-data catalogue was also developed. The Meta-data catalogue is an online database which summarises all soil related research conducted in Ireland in the last 15 years. Providing an abstract, contact information and key-word search function for future analyses.

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Dr. Rachel Creamer

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Att 1    Appendix_5a_educational_material_Infographic_on_soil_investigations.docx   (0.02 Mb)
Att 2    Appendix_5b_educational_material_Soil_status_poster_pdf.pdf   (0.44 Mb)
Att 3    Appendix_6_Tresearch_article_SOIL_STATUS_AND_PROTECTION_project_Autumn2015_Teagasc.pdf   (0.17 Mb)
Att 4    Appendix_1_Tresearch_article_The_Soil_Framework_Directive_is_history_so_what_is_the_future_Autumn_2014_Teagasc.pdf   (0.27 Mb)
Att 5    Appendix_2_SAFER-SOIL_online_metadata_catalogue_user_guide.docx   (0.64 Mb)
Att 6    Appendix_3_Monitoring_workshop_results.docx   (0.02 Mb)
Att 7    Appendix_4_Knowledge_Transfer_Workshop.docx   (0.35 Mb)

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Author(s)Creamer, R.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationSoil Status and Protection
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
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Unique Identifierf1e78232-15fa-11e6-ab63-005056ae0019
Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2024-06-17

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SAFER-Data Display URL
Resource KeywordsSoil Quality, functions, threats, policy, monitoring
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2013-SL-DS-2
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeLand-use, Soils, and Transport
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 7
Project Start Date Friday 14th February 2014 (14-02-2014)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Friday 14th February 2014 (14-02-2014)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Monday 24th August 2015 (24-08-2015)
Published on SAFERMonday 9th May 2016 (09-05-2016)
Date of Last EditMonday 9th May 2016 at 16:56:24 (09-05-2016)
Datasets or Files Updated On Monday 9th May 2016 at 16:56:24 (09-05-2016)

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All Ireland. The review of datasets spans 15 years (since 2000) of research work on Soils in Ireland.

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This work was developed in response to an EPA call on knowledge on the status of soil protection and quality in Ireland.
Supplementary Information
All authors involved in the project: Bampa, F., Daly, K., Fealy, R., O?Sullivan, L., Schulte, R.P.O., Gutzler, C., Wall, D. and Creamer R.E.
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