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The French Law on Biodiversity and the Protection of Soils

  • Maylis Desrousseaux
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Part of the International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy book series (IYSLP, volume 2017)

Abstract

The French law on biodiversity was voted in August 2016 after 2 years of intense debates between the two chambers and the government. The result is quite positive for soils, even though this law has confirmed that soils are not about to benefit from a proper regime of protection.

Among the evolutions brought out by this major law that came into force exactly 40 years after the law on Nature Protection of 1976, we will develop in this article the perspectives allowed by the recognition of the “Non-regression principle”. Moreover, the recognition of soils as a constitutive element of the national common heritage and the recognition of the concept of “biological processes” are likely to bring new evolutions in favor of the protection of soils.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.INRAParisFrance

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