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Soil

soilThe Scottish Government aims to promote the sustainable management and protection of soils, consistent with the economic, social and environmental needs of Scotland.

We recognise that our soils are a valuable but vulnerable natural asset, requiring sustainable and effective management. Soils contribute to both economic and environmental functions, with many industries, including farming and food production, forestry and tourism, depending on their use. Soil management also plays an important role in sustainable flood management.

Environmental impacts such as climate change and soil organic matter loss can cause soil degradation, leading to erosion, compaction, loss of biodiversity and nutrient leaching. Rising demand for locally produced Scottish food, increasing infrastructure development, forestry cover and renewable energy production can also impact on soils.

Authoritative, scientifically robust information and data on Scotland's soils is available on the Scotland's Soils website.