Soil Pollution Prevention
China’s pollution not only negatively effects its air quality, but is also evident in the nation’s soil. However, unlike the noticeable pollution of the air, contaminated soil can appear green, lush and healthy, because most of the pollution is hidden underground. It is often impossible to distinguish contaminated soil from healthy soil without closer examination. Soil pollution is not specific to China. It generally occurs in countries that not only have a strong agricultural economy, but also a pronounced heavy and mining industry.
In the past few years, the project team supported the MEE and its affiliated agencies in addressing soil pollution prevention and control through the contribution of German and European expertise, experiences, and best practices. Thereby, Chinese experts are advised on aspects of soil standards, soil monitoring, and remediation technologies. Consequently, institutional and individual capacities are strengthened.