EU Missions Soil Deal for Europe

Why are soils important?

Soils are essential for all life-sustaining processes on our planet. If soils are healthy and managed sustainably, they provide essential environmental, economic, and social benefits for society.

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What is the Mission Soil?

The EU Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’ (Mission Soil) is one of five Missions funded under the EU Research and Innovation (R&I) Programme Horizon Europe. Its goal is to create 100 Living Labs and Lighthouses by 2030 to promote sustainable land and soil management in urban and rural areas.

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Living Labs and Lighthouses 

Learn how Living Labs and Lighthouses can help to experiment and showcase good practices for sustainable land management. Work with researchers and land managers to find real-life solutions to societal challenges. 

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Latest news

Monday, 30 October 2023
The European Mission Soil Week (EMSW) is the annual gathering of the EU Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’ (Mission Soil). The aim is to raise awareness about the importance of preserving and restoring soil health and to encourage action to improve soil health. This major event will take place between 21 and 23 November 2023 in Madrid, Spain.
Tuesday, 26 September 2023
Do you care about the future of our soils? Do you have a creative eye for photography? Then the Mission Soil photo competition is for you!

Show your passion for the protection and restoration of soil by submitting a photo that captures its beauty, complexity and importance. Your contribution could help raise awareness on the vital role that soil plays for people, nature and the planet.
Monday, 25 September 2023
The European Commission will invest €90 million in 17 new research projects contributing to the EU Mission: ‘A Soil Deal for Europe'. These projects will work on restoring and protecting soil health for the sustainable production of healthy food, protecting biodiversity, building climate resilience, and contributing to the European Green Deal objectives. The projects gather 314 participants from 32 countries.
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