RECETOX at a Soil Monitoring Conference

The Auditorium of the Bohunice University Campus in Brno hosted an international conference on soil monitoring on 1 and 2 February 2017. The meeting was organized by the Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture (CISTA) in the Czech Republic under the auspices of the Czech Minister of Agriculture, Marian Jurečka, and in cooperation with the Czech national focal point with the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA).

The conference 25 years of soil monitoring in the Czech Republic, was attended by more than 220 delegates from national and international institutions, including the Deputy Director of the DG Health and Food Safety (European Commission), and representatives from many European countries. Delegates from Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Germany, Bulgaria, and Poland presented their systems of the soil monitoring and their results. Representatives of two Czech Ministries (of Agriculture and of Environment) presented the among others the sustainable land use strategy 2030 and legislative measures being taken at the national level. CISTA experts lectured on the history, status and results of the national long-term soil monitoring including the levels of contaminants or metabolites (metals, pesticides and other substances) identified in soils and crops.

The RECETOX also took part in the conference through its expert Milan Sáňka who was invited to lecture on International soil monitoring systems and importance of the soil protection in the European context. Sáňka concluded that 2030 national target in the soil protection can be achieved if the existing quality and status of soils monitoring continues and focal areas (monitoring points) are further expanded.

More information about the conference is available on the CISTA website including presentations (only partly in English).

conference programme

Prepared by RECETOX by using CISTA press release and conference presentations.