ACHIEVING REMEDIATION AND GOVERNING RESTORATION OF CONTAMINATED SOILS NOW

Soil contamination is a significant threat to human well-being and the environment: ARAGORN, a new EU-funded project addresses this problem by establishing a comprehensive framework for soil restoration and remediation.

Employing a decision-making tree aligned with EU Soil Strategy goals, the project aims to empower public and private land managers to safeguard, remediate, and restore polluted soils using robust mapping and monitoring tools.

ARAGORN targets neglected polluted hotspots, aiming to shift from regrettable to restorative remediation, while also compiling sustainable decontamination solutions, implementing nature-based approaches, and fostering collaborative efforts with land managers across Europe to support soil health and meet EU commitments.

ARAGORN’s framework is rooted in scientific progress, but at the service of all people: its goal is “to help problem owners to reduce risks of soil pollution”

Who?

17 partners across 12 countries

Where?

  • 23 test sites across 8 countries
  • Rural, urban and peri-urban areas

What?

4 main groups of soil contaminants (PFAS, OCB, PETCO, metals)

How?

  • Mapping and identification of contaminated sites
  • Identification of remediation & nature restoration strategies to improve soil health
  • Development of monitoring tools, risk assessment and financial planning tools
  • Engagement with soil user communities

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