Fit for 2050?

Strategies for achieving the EU’s ‘no net land take’ goal

4 February 2022, 09:15 a.m. – 01:00 p.m. CET

We are pleased to announce the upcoming virtual symposium hosted by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMU) and the German Environment Agency (UBA) and organized by the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) as the final event of the SURFACE* project.

The goal of 'no net land take by 2050' was first proclaimed by the EU Commission in 2011 within the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe, is part of the European Union's 7th Environmental Action Programme and was recently implemented in the Soil Strategy of the European Commission. Furthermore, EU Directive 2014/52/EU stipulates that Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) should consider 'land' in addition to 'soil' as a protected asset. Thus, land as an environmental resource plays an increasingly important role in European environmental policies.

The SURFACE project assessed the current status of national policies and strategies related to land take reduction and the current role of land as a factor in environmental impact assessments. The project identified similarities and differences between European member states and open questions for further research.

At the conference we will
  • present and discuss results and conclusions of the project,
  • present and discuss policy approaches in selected EU Member States, and
  • have a panel discussion with representatives from the Commission and from Member States about the 'no net land take goal' in the context of sustainability and the European Green Deal.

If you are interested in attending, please register using the form below so that we can send you more information about the event and a detailed programme soon.

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