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25 Year Environment Plan Outcome Indicator E7: Healthy soils – Progress report 2024


Healthy soils are critical for the delivery of ecosystem services such as food production, water regulation, biodiversity support, and carbon storage. Maintaining soil health is crucial for soils to be resilient to climate change impacts, including increased flooding and drought. The 25 Year Environment Plan acknowledges this significance by including 'soil health' as one of 66 indicators of environmental change in the Outcome Indicator Framework. These indicators will help to show how the environment is changing over time and support the assessment of policies and other interventions.

This report details the ongoing progress towards developing a national soil health indicator, including both the data collection and the work building upon the initial concept from the JNCC study and adapting it for a nationwide application.

The final indicator will be published once sufficient data have been collected through the tNCEA programme.

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Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2024·04·01

Harrison B., Doo, B., Harris M., Hathaway-Jenkins, L., Schmidt, S. & Stone, R. 2024. 25 Year Environment Plan Outcome Indicator E7: Healthy soils – Progress report. JNCC Report 763. JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

This report was produced by JNCC in collaboration with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2024·05·08

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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