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Dear colleagues,

A stormy year 2022 is passing by. Besides the worldwide conflicts, various challenges and tasks were tackled within the contaminated land management community. The update of the EU Soil Strategy in autumn 2021 triggered several actions towards a new EU Soil Health Law. This led to intense discussions, brainstorming sessions and finally resulted in a common Statement from NICOLE & COMMON FORUM on “Applying circularity principles in contaminated land management in the context of the new EU Soil Strategy” forwarded to the European Commission.

But 2022 was also the year when we could finally meet up again physically. We had two fruitful and pleasant COMMON FORUM meetings in spring in Orléans, France and in autumn in Athens, Greece. After such a long time of online meetings it was a great opportunity to catch up again. Thanks a lot to our hosts for the organisation and welcoming!

And now we look forward to our upcoming COMMON FORUM spring meeting which will be held from 31 May to 2 June 2023 in Stockholm, Sweden, on invitation of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency – SAFE THE DATE!

Wishing you happy holidays and a lot of health and peaceful days for 2023

Martha and Dietmar

COMMON FORUM spring meeting 2023 – SAFE THE DATE

31 May – 2 June 2023
Stockholm (Sweden)

More information on themes and the program will follow.

Thanks to our hosts from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency in Stockholm, Sweden for the invitation and organisation.

COMMON FORUM autumn meeting 2022 & joint workshop NICOLE

23 – 25 November 2022
Athens (Greece)

23 November 2022: COMMON FORUM autumn meeting
24 - 25 November 2022: NICOLE & CF joint workshop
(‘Circularity in Contaminated Land Management’)
See also News from NICOLE below

Follow the link to the presentations of the CF meeting: https://commonforum.eu/meetings.asp
A big thanks to our hosts from the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy in Ath-ens, Greece for the organisation!

Joint NICOLE-COMMON FORUM "Athens Statement" on “Applying circularity principles - EU Soil Strategy”

NICOLE and COMMON FORUM share the objective of enabling contaminated land management within a framework of sustainability aimed at responding to major societal challenges, while combining the added value derived from diverse viewpoints including public authorities, industries (site owners), service providers and academia.

Recalling the adoption of the European Green Deal (2019), it is acknowledged that a coherent policy frame for tackling climate change adaptation, biodiversity loss and pollution needs to be developed.

Emphasizing the EU Circular Economy Action Plan (2020) and welcoming the updated EU Soil Strategy (2021), NICOLE and COMMON FORUM, with support from the research and knowledge platform SOILveR, organised a joint workshop to explore new interfaces and how to apply circularity principles in contaminated land management.

The workshop was held on 24-25 November 2022 in Athens, Greece, a country that typically depends upon EU environmental policies and regulations but lacks a national contaminated land management framework. The Greek context is a relevant example of why the new EU Soil Strategy and upcoming anticipated legislation are of major importance for the entire EU.

This “Athens Statement” summarises key findings and observations from the workshop that were felt to be of high relevance to European Contaminated Land Management communities, regions, EU Member States and the European Commission.

You will find the NICOLE-COMMON FORUM “Athens Statement” on Applying circularity principles in contaminated land management in the context of the new EU Soil Strategy under this link: www.commonforum.eu/eusoilstrat_athen_statement.asp

Indicator on the progress in the management of contaminated sites in Europe

EEA indicators are designed to support all phases of environmental policy making, from designing policy frameworks to setting targets, and from policy monitoring and evaluation to communicating to policy-makers and the public. EEA has revised the indicator on the progress in the management of contaminated sites in Europe on the bases of the 2016 indicator statistics.

For more details follow the link: eea.europa.eu/ims/progress-in-the-management-of.

Horizon Europe: Work Programme 2023-2024 12th Mission published and call for tender for soil health in Living Labs opens 17 January 2023

The Horizon Europe Work Programme 2023 - EU Missions has been published on 6 December 2022: Link.

For the Mission Soil, 9 different topics are open for the submission of proposals: Subsoil; Innovations to prevent and combat desertification; Spatial planning; Carbon farming in living labs; Soil-friendly practices in horticulture; Digital technologies to monitor nutrients and stressors; Co-creating solutions for soil health in Living Labs; Soil pollution and digital tools; Bringing communities and citizens closer to soil. There are also two joint calls with the Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030 and the Mission Adaptation to Climate Change.

New funding opportunities and the applications will open on 17 January 2023 and close on 20 September 2023. Please find the call for tender “Co-creating solutions for soil health in Living Labs” here: Link.

EU Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’: nine new projects to prepare the ground for the transition towards healthy soils by 2030

The 2021 Soil Mission Call for funding opened on 22 December 2021 and closed on 24 March 2022. The European Research Executive Agency (REA) received 40 proposals. The selected projects received the highest marks in a peer evaluation run by independent experts:

  • SOLO: identify knowledge gaps, priorities, novel approaches, and key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor the progress of the Mission R&I activities
  • BENCHMARKS and AI4SoilHealth: validation and further development of indicators to measure, monitor and assess soil health and functions (Artificial Intelligence)
  • SOIL O-LIVE: explores the connection between soil health and nutritional and safe food
  • The development of new incentives and sustainable business models will be key to supporting soil health: INBESTSOIL, NOVASOIL, SOILVALUES
  • NATI00NS supports the establishment of soil health living labs
  • NBSoil supports the much-needed next generation of soil advisors with nature-based solutions for soil management.

Projects will build on the work of the previously awarded project PREPSOIL, which has been preparing the ground for the Mission, healthy soils, and building capacities for engagement, outreach and knowledge.

Find more about the 9 projects here: Link

IMPEL project "Water and Land Remediation" – call for case studies on Thermal Desorption and Phytoremediation

Within the IMPEL project “Water and Land Remediation”, the project team has prepared two questionnaires related to "Thermal Desorption" and "Phytoremediation" technologies, which will be the subject of the next phase of the project. You are invited to submit your case studies and share this with your colleagues, using the following template, preferably in .docx format. Not necessarily all questions are relevant. The names of the submitters will be mentioned in the acknowledgement.

The deadline is 28 February 2023, and the document should be sent to Marco Falconi's email (marco.falconi@impel.eu), with the subject line "Thermal Desorption case study" or "Phytoremediation case study." Drafts of the final reports are expected in October 2023 and will then be translated into several EU languages.

Find the link to the Questionnaire for Thermal Desorption here: Link

Find the link to the Questionnaire for Phytoremediation here: Link

Project page IMPEL website: impel.eu/en/projects/water-and-land-remediation

ECHA’s scientific committees support limiting lead use for outdoor shooting and fishing

ECHA’s Committees for Socio-Economic Analysis and Risk Assessment back the proposed restriction on the use of lead in ammunition for hunting, outdoor sports shooting and in fishing. The proposed restriction from January 2021 can now be assessed for adoption by the European Commission together with EU countries.

The restriction could prevent over 600.000 tonnes of lead from being released into the environment, save millions of birds from lead poisoning and protect children in hunter families.

For more information, follow the link

The restriction intentions can be downloaded under this link

Questions and answers about the opinions the following link

European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC) - Newsletter

ESDAC Newsletter No.148 (December 2022) -

ESDAC Newsletter No.147 (November 2022) -

NICOLE & COMMON FORUM Joint Workshop - Applying circularity principles in contaminated land management within the context of the new EU soil strategy

24 – 25 November 2022, Athens, Greece

The joint workshop was supported by the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy (Greece) and aimed to highlight the new opportunities and challenges that the EU Soil Strategy brings and promote feasible solutions in the application of circularity principles to the very demanding and complicated topic of contaminated land management across the EU.

ITRC Biosolids and Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Fact Sheet

The US Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC) has developed a series of fact sheets that summarizes recent science and emerging technologies regarding PFAS. This fact sheet summarizes the emerging technical information about risk and management for biosolids (www.epa.gov/biosolids) impacted by PFAS. This fact sheet discusses significant topics where management and use of PFAS-containing biosolid may distribute PFAS into the environment, such as land application and landfills, mobility, leaching and transport, uptake into plants and biota, and much more.

To view the fact sheets, please visit https://pfas-1.itrcweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Biosolids_PFAS_Fact_Sheet_102022_508.pdf

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: www.eugris.info/whatsnew.asp. 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 2022 prepared by Paul Bardos (r3 Environmental Technology Ltd) for COMMON FORUM members.

AquaConSoil 2023 – Call for Abstracts

11 – 15 September 2023, Prague, Czech Republic

View the topics and submit your abstract here www.aquaconsoil.com/aquaconsoil-2023/

RemTech Europe 2023 - Safe the Date and Call for Abstracts

18 - 22 September 2023, Ferrara, Italy and hybrid

RemTech Europe, International Conference and Exhibition on land and water remediation markets and technologies, is scheduled for 18-22 September 2023. 18-19 September will be digital. 20-22 September will be hybrid.

The Call for Abstract is open, deadline is 31 March 2023. To submit an abstract and participate to the official sessions of RemTech Expo, please download the flyer and the template under the following link: https://www.remtechexpo.com/it/remtech-europe/remtech-europe.

See all announcements on COMMON FORUM website at https://commonforum.eu/announcement_conferences.asp

The COMMON FORUM on Contaminated Land, initiated in 1994, is a network of contaminated land policy makers and advisors from national ministries in European Union memberstates and European Free Trade Association countries.