As regards contaminated sites and soils, parameters defining soil quality should, among other requirements, be put in relation to the current and/or future use of soil.
Morvan, X., Saby, N.P.A., Arrouays, D., Le Bas, C., Jones, R.J.A., Verheijen, F.G.A., Bellamy, P.H., Stephens, M., Kibblewhite M.G. (2008) Soil monitoring in Europe: a review of existing systems and requirements for harmonisation. Science of the Total Environment 391, 1-12.
Kibblewhite, M.G., Jones, R.J.A., Baritz, R., Huber, S., Arrouays, D., Micheli, E., Stephens, M. (2008) ENVASSO final report part 1: scientific and technical activities. ENVASSO project (contract 022713) coordinated by Cranfield university, UK for scientific support to policy, European Commission 6thFramework Research Programme.
In comparison with “soft” sites, as defined in point 1.
The French contaminated sites management policy relies on use-specific risk management principles. New tools developed by the Meeddat [the French Ministry of ecology, energy, sustainable development and land-use planning], the Interpretation of the State of Habitats [the "Interprétation de l’Etat des Milieux" or IEM in French] and the Management Plan ["Plan de Gestion" in French], makes it possible to examine the compatibility of the state of habitats with known practices on the basis of the quantitative evaluation of sanitary risks.
The evaluation of risks for ecosystems is not taken into consideration at this stage of the analysis of habitats since natural resource and habitat preservation is the subject of specific regulations (ex: The Habitats Directive, ZNIEFF, ZICO, SDAGE).
In the aftermath of the call for projects launched by ADEME, several research contracts have been selected through other calls for projects by the MEEDDAT (ex: APR PNETOX), the INRA (ex: APR ECOGER), the ANR INSU-ECODYN or related to GIS Sol programs (ex: RMQS) in which ADEME participates.