INSPIRE Knowledge Base

Common Forum on Contaminated Land in Europe

LMO Description
Common Forum on Contaminated Land in Europe
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Level of authority: 
    17 countries of UE + Serbia
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>The COMMON FORUM on Contaminated Land in the European Union, initiated in 1994, is a network of contaminated land policy makers and advisors from national ministries and Environment Agencies in European Union Member States. The general objectives of COMMON FORUM are to develop strategies for the management and reclamation of contaminated sites and for land recycling with respect to “sustainable resource protection” for contaminated land and groundwater. </p> <p>COMMON FORUM intends to continue to provide this “mutual professional support” by:<br /> • being a platform for exchange of knowledge and experiences, and for initiating and following-up of international research or demonstration projects,<br /> • establishing a discussion platform on policy, research, technical and managerial concepts of contaminated land,<br /> • offering an exchange of expertise to the European Commission and to European networks (such as NICOLE, SNOWMAN, EURODEMO+, etc.). </p>
    Main Activities: 
    During the last years Common Forum has: a) developed new concepts for Contaminated land management (such as the Risk based land management now in place in some EU countries – third generation of legal framework), b) assessed EU Directives proposals and identified critical issues for transposition, c) Proposed technical guidance documents for EU Directive implementation in MS.
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    Members from 17 EU countries + Serbia
    Societal Sector: 
    National & Regional regulators + public experts
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    Our members are discussing all EU directives related to soil protection and are also producers of data for environmental reporting in their EU countries,
    Primary Business: 
    Regulator / policy-makers network at European Level.
    Environmental application domains: 
    Soil and environment management