Priorities towards national-level soil protection: A survey of soil stakeholders in Scotland

W. P. Adderley*, D. A. Davidson, C. A. Salt, I. C. Grieve, D. W. Hopkins

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Soil protection policies are being developed in many countries, particularly those in the European Union where pan-national regulatory frameworks now exist. We report an analysis of a survey of the views of a wide range of stakeholders in the soil resource of Scotland, including representatives of rural and urban land users, public bodies and authorities, non-governmental environmental organizations, and soil scientists based in Scotland. The four soil issues considered of particular importance were soil pollution, soil erosion, loss of soils to development, and loss of biodiversity. Comments were strongly polarized, either strongly promoting issues or indicating lack of awareness, on a set of topics: the loss of valued soils, loss of archaeological sites, and changes in terrestrial carbon store. It is argued that an integrated approach is required to implement any future soil protection strategies, and that special attention should be paid to monitoring long-term changes and to provision of soil survey data from urban areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-194
Number of pages5
JournalSoil Use and Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPrint publication - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Biodiversity
  • Policy
  • Pollution
  • Scotland
  • Soil erosion
  • Soil protection
  • Stakeholder survey


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