Plan of Action for Pillar Five of the Global Soil Partnership | Land Portal

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décembre 2013
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The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) was formally established by members of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) during its Council in December 2012. The Council recognized soil as an essential natural resource, which is often overlooked and has not received adequate attention in recent years, despite the fact that production of food, fiber, fodder, and fuel critically depends on healthy soils. The Mandate of the GSP is to improve governance of the limited soil resources of the planet in order to guarantee agriculturally productive soils for a food secure world, and support other essential ecosystem services, in accordance with the sovereign right of each State over its natural resources. In order to achieve its mandate, the GSP addresses the following five pillars of action to be implemented in collaboration with its regional soil partnerships: 1. Promote sustainable management of soil resources for soil protection, conservation and sustainable productivity; 2. Encourage investment, technical cooperation, policy, education, awareness and extension in soil; 3. Promote targeted soil research and development focusing on identified gaps, priorities, and synergies with related productive, environmental, and social development actions; 4. Enhance the quantity and quality of soil data and information: data collection (generation), analysis, validation, reporting, monitoring and integration with other disciplines; 5. Harmonisation of methods, measurements and indicators for the sustainable management and protection of soil resources. Pillar Five provides the mechanisms for developing and exchanging globally consistent and comparable harmonized soil information, through soil profile observation and description data, laboratory and field analytical data, and derived products. Harmonization, which could be seen as a next step to standardization, provides the ability to describe, sample, classify, and analyze the soil in a way that allows the use of the results for later scientific use.

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Working Group: Rainer Baritz, Chair (Germany), Niels Batjes (The Netherlands), Bernd Bussian (Germany), Hakki Erdogan (Turkey), Kazumichi Fujii (Japan), Jon Hempel (USA), Marco Nocita (Italy), Yusuke Takata, (Japan) Peter Wilson (Australia), Ronald Vargas (FAO)

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