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Glosolan

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European Soil Partnership (ESP) meeting - March 20-21, 2018, Rome FAO HQ, Italy.

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Glosolan

  1. 1. GLOSOLAN Mission, status and way forward By Ronald Vargas and Rosa Cuevas GSP Secretariat
  2. 2. Why does GSP need a GLOSOLAN? • Make soil information across laboratories, countries and regions comparable and interpretable • Build a set of agreed harmonization principles • Improve quality control and assurance of soil analyses • Promote information and experience exchange to develop capacities wherever needed
  3. 3. Sustainable Soil Management Improve basis for decision making Regarding e.g. soil fertility, SOC management Identify research gaps, e.g. which promising methods require refinement and further development? Area for investment, technical cooperation, extension services
  4. 4. Some facts from Asia: ring test results (SEALNET) 17 labs in 3 countries do NOT provide the same results. Why? Mainly because of 1) absence of standard procedure and 2) absence of inter-calibration P Laboratory (confidential code) pH Laboratory (confidential code) Large differences for measuring something as simple as pH also exist.
  5. 5. Launch of GLOSOLAN: 1-2 November 2017 Roadmap and main decisions: GLOSOLAN Chair: Ms. Nopmanee Suvannang (Thailand, SEALNET leader) GLOSOLAN Vice-Chair: Dr. Bhanooduth Lalljee (University of Mauritius and Chair of Pillar 5 within the ITPS) GLOSOLAN Working Group: Maksym Solokha (Ukraine), Nicolas Proix (France), Rosa Cuevas (Mexico) and Floria Bertsch (Costa Rica). The working group is open to further members Note: all the herewith reported activities/decisions were developed/executed/agreed with the GLOSOLAN Chair, Vice-Chair and Working Group as part of the implementation of actions identified during the first GLOSOLAN meeting. Additionally, the GSP Chair for Pillar 5 was consulted.
  6. 6. Launch of GLOSOLAN: 1-2 November 2017 Roadmap and main decisions: Action Status GSP Secretariat to finalize the list of reference labs in all countries by the end of December 2017 the latest. Executed! Finalization and launch of the first online survey in GLOSOLAN Executed! The online survey will close on 30 March 2018. On 22 February 2018 the GSP Secretariat counts 51 complete responses Questionnaire evaluation in form of a report by Chair, Co-Chair and GSP Secretariat, supported by an ad-hoc Working Group. Evaluation to be communicated back to GLOSOLAN members, Pillar 5 Working Group and Chairs of the Regional Soil Partnerships. Pending. Deadline: end of April 2018
  7. 7. Launch of GLOSOLAN: 1-2 November 2017 Roadmap and main decisions: Action Status Support the establishment of RESOLANs where needed by using the results of the questionnaire and the identified gaps. • First meeting of RESOLAN for Asia (SEALNET) organized on 20-24 November 2017 • First meeting of RESOLAN for Latin America (LATSOLAN) organized on 1-3 March 2018 • The launch of other RESOLANs is undergoing Start intensive communication between RESOLAN Chairs and GLOSOLAN Chair and Co-Chair. Executed in Asia (SEALNET Chair: Mr. Jamyang, Bhutan) and Latin America (LATSOLAN Chair: Floria Bertsch, Costa Rica)
  8. 8. Action Status The Working Group for GLOSOLAN should prepare a Concept Note for a first ring test with guidance from WEPAL (explore possibility of Letter of Agreement) to present to the GSP Plenary Assembly in May 2018 • The GSP Secretariat is talking to WEPAL to confirm their involvement in implementing the ring test globally • WEPAL is drafting a planning document on the ring test to present to the GLOSOLAN Working Group and the GSP Plenary Assembly for approval • The proposal to have a standard process on soil sample exchange under GLOSOLAN in the form of a resolution is under preparation. The proposal will be presented to the 6th GSP Plenary Assembly
  9. 9. Action Status Support the establishment of RESOLANs where needed by using the results of the questionnaire and the identified gaps. • First meeting of RESOLAN for Asia (SEALNET) organized on 20-24 November 2017 • First meeting of RESOLAN for Latin America (LATSOLAN) organized on 1-3 March 2018 • The launch of other RESOLANs is undergoing Start intensive communication between RESOLAN Chairs and GLOSOLAN Chair and Co-Chair. Executed in Asia (SEALNET Chair: Mr. Jamyang, Bhutan) and Latin America (LATSOLAN Chair: Floria Bertsch, Costa Rica)
  10. 10. Laboratories in GLOSOLAN on 21 March 2018 Asia: Tot. 26 (Official: 17 ; Unofficial: 9 ) Near East and North Africa: Tot. 11 (Official: 8 ; Unofficial: 3 ) Africa South of the Sahara: Tot. 19 (Official: 10 ; Unofficial: 9 ) Europe: Tot. 48 (Official: 19 ; Unofficial: 29 ) Eurasia: Tot. 9 (Official: 2 ; Unofficial: 7 ) North America: Tot. 1 (Official: 1 ; Unofficial: NA ) Pacific: Tot. 6 (Official: 4 ; Unofficial: 2 ) Central America and the Caribbean: Tot. 11 (Official: 11 ; Unofficial: NA ) South America: Tot. 9 (Official: 8 ; Unofficial: 1 )
  11. 11. Implementation of GLOSOLAN in Europe Suggested steps: 1. Identification of existing laboratory network 2. Organization of a launch meeting for RESOLAN Europe 3. Election of a Chair and Vice-chair, and establishment of a Working group 4. Development of a regional work plan
  12. 12. Thanks for your attention

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