Closing event of the 2015 International Year of Soils “Healthy soil for healthy life”


The European Commission co-organises with the authorities of the regions Brussels Capital, Flanders and Wallonia a Conference to conclude the International Year of Soils ‘Healthy soil for healthy life” on 4 December 2015. The event will be hosted by Brussels Environment in its new auditorium located in the site of “Tour et Taxis” in Brussels (Belgium).


The event is associated with other IYS closing events organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. It will bring together policy makers, soil experts and practitioners, NGOs and professional associations.


The opening session will see the participation of the Brussels and Walloon Ministers of the Environment, the Director-General for Environment of the European Commission and a representative from the office of the Flemish Minister. The first session will be dedicated to the presentation of the International and EU policy context. The second session will focus on the Belgian context, where the three regions will present their different landscape and soil policies. Other EU Member States will also present the situation of soil and activities for its conservation in their own country.

This event is one of main contributions of the European Commission to mark the 2015 International Year of Soils (IYS) aiming at raising awareness on the importance of healthy soils for a healthy life. The Commission’s IYS webpage provides an overview of the large number of activities at European and national level.

Interested to participate? Download the program (.pdf)