Just in time for the COMMON FORUM 25th anniversary celebration the new logo is online! Thanks to the special gift of our Catalonian hosts of the last meeting in October 2018 COMMON FORUM is catching up to improve its recognition as well by a modern remarkable branding.
Safe the date for the next COMMON FORUM Spring meeting in Luxembourg from May 8-10, 2019 where you have the opportunity to discuss background values, European soil policy, effectiveness in soil protection and meet some of the founders of COMMON FORUM 25 years ago.
A couple of important events have taken and will take place with contributions of COMMON FORUM members:
NRC Soil meeting (12-14 February 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark)
Conference on Brownfield Redevelopment in the EU (5 April 2019, Brussels, Belgium)
AquaConSoil 2019 (20-24 May 2019, Antwerp, Belgium)
A lot of important discussions on topics of concern! So enjoy the days getting longer.
Kind regards Martha and Dietmar
NEXT CF MEETING IN LUXEMBOURG
Our next COMMON FORUM Network meeting 8 - 10 May 2019
will be held in Lëtzebuerg, Luxembourg at MECDD
Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable
Development, 4, Place de l'Europe L-1499 Luxembourg
hosted by Ministère du Développement durable et des
The themes are as follows:
How to strengthen European soil policy
Effectiveness in soil protection – how to measure success
Soil as a Resource – 5th meeting (i.a. LANDMARK 2020)
Recent changes / new members of representations within the COMMON FORUM:
JRC-Ispra – January 2018:
- Arwyn Jones to temporary replace Ana Payá-Perez
Joint Research Centre Ispra, Land Resources Unit
WHAT'S NEW ON COMMON FORUM WEBSITE?
COMMON FORUM – New Logo
Ready for COMMON FORUM 25th anniversary the new logo is
online! The logo was a special gift from our hosts of the last
COMMON FORUM autumn meeting in Barcelona 2018, the
Agència de Residus de Catalunya!
The logo can be downloaded in the members section on the website at the bottom.
Soil as a Resource
The Working Group ‘Soil as a Resource’ is online with a separate folder on the COMMON
FORUM website including all meeting documents, minutes and reports!
The Land for Life Award was launched at the UNCCD COP10 in the Republic of Korea as part of
the Changwon Initiative. This Award recognizes the excellence and innovation of individuals,
groups, institutions and businesses whose work and initiatives have made a significant
contribution towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15: “Life on Land”, in
particular Target 15.3 land degradation neutrality (LDN).
As the UN Convention to Combat Desertification celebrates its 25th year, the 2019 Land for Life
Award will be dedicated to “Decades of Impact”. Efforts will be recognized that are contributing to
land degradation neutrality on a large-scale, with long-term changes and dedicated actions for 25
years or longer and remarkable positive impacts on land, people, communities and society as a
Large-scale land restoration: The speed at which countries are implementing the SDG 15
target of land degradation neutrality puts it within reach. We want to showcase land restoration on
a large scale – policy measures, for example or specific sustainable land management methods.
Remarkable positive impacts: Restoring land has positive effects on food and nutrition security,
water, soil, biodiversity, people’s lives and thus a number of other SDGs. We are looking for
initiatives whose approaches to land restoration show specific positive impact on further SDGs.
Transferable approaches: The Convention moves forward to achieving land degradation
neutrality by 2030. We are looking to award approaches that drive this change.
The deadline for nominations is 30 March 2019. Award recipients will be announced on World
Day to Combat Desertification on 17 June 2019 in Turkey.
Cities are becoming increasingly attractive and dense but their growth at the same time puts
pressure on forests, and the agricultural and (semi)natural land that surrounds them. The
redevelopment of brownfields rather than expansion into productive agricultural land and green
fields helps to reduce sealing and to remediate contamination.
The objective of the conference held on April 5, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium hosted by the
European Committee of the Regions, is to promote brownfield redevelopment as a sustainable
strategy to limit urban sprawl, land take and soil sealing and to protect the environment and
human health. Inspiring policies and good practices will be presented by European, regional and
local stakeholders, and the potential offered by EU funds will be explored.
6th Plenary Meeting of the European Soil Partnership (ESP)
The 2019 European Soil Partnership Plenary Meeting is scheduled for 28-29
March 2019 and will take place at the facilities of the FAO headquarter in
Rome. The topics among others involve:
ESP contribution to soil protection in Europe (European projects, ESP at EUROSOIL2020)
Priorities for soil protection in Europe (Agenda 2030 and Land Degradation Neutrality indicators, Soil contamination)
ESP partners are invited to attend the side event on the 29th March, 2019, afternoon: "Soils4EU
Workshop - Impacts of and implementation barriers for arable soil protection and sustainable
management across the EU".
The NICOLE spring workshop on Smart Land Management Solutions
(case studies) will be held from 12 – 14 June 2019 in Lyon, France.
The idea is to have a workshop that goes beyond the theoretical, pilot and demonstration level
and instead is able to bring cases where a smart solution led to a significantly better outcome
than a more traditional approach would have done. The workshop will be organized in two
consecutive sessions to review and debate around specific themes of interest described as
Providing current views of practices for liability management
POlluted SIte DecontaminatiON – PCP is a pre-commercial procurement project, started in
February 2018 in the field of brownfield rehabilitation and gathers 5 European procurers facing
similar problems in the sites they manage, affected by similar pollutants with the aim of leveraging
public demand to identify fit-for-purpose and cost-effective innovative and sustainable solutions to
soil decontamination -> a new technology for treatment of specific pollution (mixed pollution). It
focus on thedecontamination of heterogeneous anthropic soils in brownfield, composed by a
mixture of industrial waste and soils consisting on clays and sands, highly polluted by Petroleum
hydrocarbons (TPHs and PAHs), and heavy metals.
On 02/01/2019 the Contract Notice of the Call for tender of POSIDON PCP project has been
published in the European Tenders Electronic Daily (Document number 743-2019). The aim of
this procurement is to trigger new solutions, preferred as in-situ (and potentially on-site), to be
capable of decontaminating both organic and inorganic contaminants in heterogeneous anthropic
soils in brownfield, composed by a mixture of industrial wastes (like filling soils, construction &
demolition wastes, slags and ashes polluted by petroleum hydrocarbons and lead) and soils
consisting of clays and sands, mainly polluted by heavy fractions of petroleum hydrocarbons,
PAHs and lead.
You are invited to access the CALL FOR TENDER page of the POSIDON website to consult in
the section DOCUMENTS all the Tender documentations. Deadline for submission of tenders for
the framework agreement and phase 1 is April 1, 2019.
New documents on EUGRIS, the platform for European contaminated soil and water information.
Resources, events projects and news items added on EUGRIS can be viewed at:
Then select the appropriate month and year for the updates in which you are interested.
However, here is a selection of new additions to EUGRIS in 2018 prepared by Paul Bardos
(r3 Environmental Technology Ltd) for COMMON FORUM members.
Urban sprawl initiative Switzerland – Swiss dismiss freeze on construction zones
There is a lot of building going on in Switzerland - at the expense of nature and the countryside.
Strict rules are needed to combat urban sprawl. These were adopted by the People in 2013 in a
vote on the Spatial Planning Act: building zones may now only comprise as much land as is
needed within the next 15 years. Building zones that are too large must be reduced in size. The
cantons are currently implementing these requirements, thus ensuring better protection for nature
and the landscape.
In 2016 the Young Greens submitted the popular initiative "Stop urban sprawl - for sustainable
urban development (urban sprawl initiative)". This initiative aims to freeze the entire area of
building zones in Switzerland: a new building zone should only be approved if an area elsewhere
of at least the same size is declassified as a building zone. The initiative also aims to stipulate in
the Constitution which buildings and facilities may still be built outside building zones. It also calls
for better use of areas that have already been built on. The Confederation, cantons and
communes should also promote sustainable forms of living and working.
The Swiss electorate voted on "urban sprawl initiative" on 10th of February 2019. Voters in
Switzerland have thrown out that proposal aimed at curbing urban sprawl. The initiative from the
youth chapter of the Green Party failed to attract broad support. Final results show 63.7% of
voters and all 26 cantons rejecting the proposed freeze on construction zones across the country.
Reviewing the relevance of dioxin and PCB sources for food from animal origin and the need for their inventory, control and management
Environmental Sciences Europe (2018) 30:42
Weber R., C. Herold, H. Hollert, J. Kamphues, M. Blepp and K. Ballschmiter
In the past, cases of PCDD/F and PCB contamination exceeding limits in food from animal origin
(eggs, meat or milk) were mainly caused by industrially produced feed. But in the last decade,
exceedances of EU limit values were discovered more frequently for PCDD/Fs or dioxin-like(dl)-
PCBs from free range chicken, sheep, and beef, often in the absence of any known
contamination source. The German Environment Agency initiated a project to elucidate the entry
of PCBs and PCDD/Fs in food related to environmental contamination. Food products from farm
animals sensitive to dioxin/PCB exposure can exceed EU maximum levels at soil concentrations
that have previously been considered as safe. Maximum permitted levels can already be
exceeded in beef/veal when soil is contaminated around 5 ng PCB-TEQ/kg dry matter (dm). This
review compiles sources for PCDD/Fs and PCBs relevant to environmental contamination in
respect to food safety.
Conclusions: The major sources of PCDD/F and dl-PCB contamination of food of animal origin in
Germany are (1) soils contaminated from past PCB and PCDD/F releases; (2) PCBs emitted from
buildings and constructions; (3) PCBs present at farms. Impacted areas need to be assessed with
respect to potential contamination of food-producing animals. Control and reduction measures
are recommended for emission sources and new listed and emerging POPs to ensure food
The cost of inaction – A socioeconomic analysis of environmental and health impacts linked to exposure to PFAS
Nordic Council of Ministers – G. Goldenman, M. Fernandes, M. Holland, T.
Tugran, A. Nordin, C. Schoumacher, A. McNeill
A study published recently estimates the socioeconomic costs that may result
from impacts on human health and the environment from the use of PFAS.
Better awareness of the costs and problems associated with PFAS exposure
will assist decision-makers and the general public to make more efficient and
timely risk management decisions.
Findings indicate that the costs are substantial, with annual health-related costs estimated to 2.8
– 4.6 billion EUR for the Nordic countries and 52 – 84 billion EUR for all EEA countries. Overall
non-health costs are estimated at 46 million – 11 billion EUR for the Nordic countries.
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