SoNaRR2020: Land use and soil

This cross-cutting theme assesses the extent to which the sustainable management of natural resources are being achieved by considering the pressures and threats to soils within agriculture, woodland and urban land uses

Wales's soil and its interaction with the climate determines how land can be used sustainably. Society puts pressures on soil and its supporting services (soil formation, nutrient cycling) through land use and by changing the environment.

Agriculture currently accounts for the largest land use area in Wales (around 80%), followed by forestry and woodlands (around 15%) and then built environment (human made). There is integration in use and type of land cover.

Land used for agriculture can occur on four different ecosystems:

What's available now

The pressures, impacts and opportunities for action identified by this cross-cutting theme can be found in the natural resource registers for the ecosystems.

What's coming in March 2021

The full chapter will follow in March 2021.

The chapter will assess the extent to which the sustainable management of natural resources are being achieved by considering the pressures and threats to soils within agriculture, woodland and urban land uses.

It will also examine the ecosystem services provided and opportunities to manage land and soils more sustainably. This will support the response to the climate and nature emergencies and contribute to resilience and well-being.

A description of additional evidence needed for the assessment will also be published.