Soil, air and water are the three main environmental compartments which are essential to life on Earth.

The quality of our water and air has been assessed for many years using standards specified in EU legislation. 

But measuring soil quality is more complex. The wide variety of natural soil types and characteristics and range of possible functions and uses makes it difficult to set out an objective standard.

Discussion document

The Environmental Protection Agency has developed a discussion document called The Soil Protection Strategy For Ireland. This assembles existing information on soil resources and outlines the pressures and environmental impacts on our soil.

The report recommends the need to develop a soil protection strategy for Ireland, including a national soil quality monitoring programme and the selection of a set of indicators which are representative of soil quality. 

Learn more

Download the document Towards Setting Environmental Quality Objectives For Soil