ARCHIVE: Soil indicators: ENVironmental ASessment of Soil for mOnitoring (ENVASSO)

The ENVironmental ASessment of Soil for mOnitoring (ENVASSO) project is supporting the reporting requirements of the proposed Soil Framework Directive (part of the EU Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection package). The project commenced on 1 January 2006 and will be completed by January 2008.


The main objective of this project is to design and test a single, integrated, EU-wide set of measurable criteria and indicators as the basis for a comprehensive European soil and land information system.

The system will cover the range of threats to soils set out in the European Commission’s official Communication in 2002 – erosion, decline of soil organic matter, contamination, compaction, salinisation, decline of biodiversity, soil sealing, landslides. While the system will be harmonised and report to the European level (i.e. to the European Commission), it will be implemented at member state level.

Five core partners, with 32 additional partners, drawn from across the 25 EU member states are assisting with the project, which consists of five work packages:

  • Work Package 1: Indicators and Criteria
  • Work Package 2: Inventory and Monitoring
  • Work Package 3: Database Design and Selection
  • Work Package 4: Manual of Procedures
  • Work Package 5: Prototype Evaluation

A “Club” project (ENVASSO UK) is linking UK Government to the main ENVASSO project so that they are fully informed of developments and able to comment on and influence this work, so that it is compatible with proposals for a UK policy relevant soil monitoring network.


Page published: 5 January 2007