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Action to improve soil for global food security

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Action to improve soil for global food security

The Global Soil Forum (GSF) calls attention to soil having recently launched the first Global Soil Week, during which more than 400 representatives of governments, scientists, international organisations, business and civil society met in Berlin, Germany, to consider the theme 'Soils for Life'. The event took place within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership and served as a platform to follow-up on the land- and soil-related decisions from the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
Discussions at the event concluded that urgent and consolidated action was needed to strengthen science and technology, build partnerships for change and raise awareness about the issue. To accomplish this, key actions were proposed including, facilitating the science policy–public interface; and making the Global Soil Week a continuous process. In addition, developing an agenda for action also focused on multilevel governance for zero net land and soil degradation, sustainable land and soil management, and communication for change.
Every minute, 23 hectares of land face desertification, 5.5 hectares of land are transformed by urban encroachment (severely disturbing soil functions), and 10 hectares of soil are degraded, causing the soil to lose the capacity to support ecosystem functions.
The GSF also acts as a voice in the national and international policy debate, advocating for soil management approaches that contribute to achieving sustainable development and equitable access to this finite resource.

Source: European Commission