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GSP developments of regional interest in 2019

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The 5th NENA Soil Partnership meeting
01 Apr 2019 - 02 Apr 2019
Cairo, Egypt
Lucrezia Caon, GSP secretariat

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GSP developments of regional interest in 2019

  1. 1. GSP developments of regional interest in 2019 Ms Lucrezia Caon GSP Secretariat
  2. 2. Pillar 1: Promote sustainable management of soil resources for soil protection, conservation and sustainable productivity Pillar 2: Encourage investment, technical cooperation, policy, education, awareness and extension in soil Pillar 3: Promote targeted soil research and development focusing on identified gaps, priorities and synergies with related productive, environmental and social development actions Pillar 4: Information and Data Pillar 5: Harmonization of methods, measurements and indicator for the sustainable management and protection of soil resources
  3. 3. Promote sustainable management of soil resources for soil protection, conservation and sustainable productivity Pillar 1
  4. 4. Action 1: Implementation at the national level. Proposed approach: organization of national multi-stakeholder workshops Suggestions on other implementing ways are welcome Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management
  5. 5. Procedure: 1. Identify case studies at regional and national levels where SSM is successfully implemented. Reference document: “Protocol for the assessment of Sustainable Soil Management”, to be presented at the 7th GSP Plenary Assembly in June 2019 2. Map successful projects. Mapping sustainable soil management Develop integrated regional maps of successful SSM case studies in order to scale them up. Action 1: Submit successful case studies on the implementation of SSM practices. Ms. Zineb Bazza, GSP, will soon send an email about it.
  6. 6. International Network of Black Soils The establishment of this network has the following objectives: - Provide a platform for countries with black soils to discuss common issues related to the conservation and sustainable management of these soils; - Develop a report on the global status, current production and challenges in black soils; - Foster collaboration among these countries towards promoting the sustainable use and management of black soils and identify relevant research gaps; - Serve as a platform incorporating real local challenges for knowledge sharing and technical cooperation on black soil management; - Develop governance guidelines aiming at improved black soils protection and sustainable soil productivity;
  7. 7. International Network of Black Soils
  8. 8. Black Soils are soils with the following characteristics: ● High organic carbon content as per the follow: ○ More than 1.2% for cold and temperate ○ More than 0.6% for tropical and subtropical regions ● Dark to black coloured surface horizons ● Thickness of dark to black soil surface horizons not less than 25 cm with the following complementary characteristics: ● A high base saturation of more than 50% ● Strong aggregate stability ● High level of nutrient content International Network of Black Soils It contains the definition of “Black Soils”… …as well as the INBS work plan!
  9. 9. International Network of Black Soils Action 1: Please join the network if you have black soils and did not register yet ASP countries that have joined the network already: • Iraq • Syria
  10. 10. International Network of Black Soils Action 2: Get ready to implement INBS 2019 activities: - Training sessions on mapping. Outcome: Black Soil Distribution map, to be launched in October 2019 at the 2nd INBS workshop. - 2nd INBS workshop: discussion on how to write the report on the Status of Black Soils. Expected launch of the report: December 2019. All countries with black soils to contribute to the preparation of the report
  11. 11. Pillar 2 Encourage investment, technical cooperation, policy, education, awareness and extension in soil
  12. 12. Global Soil Doctors programme • Farmer-to-farmer training (from soil status assessment to problem identification and solving) • On a voluntary basis • Inspired by the Volunteer Soil Doctors programme from Thailand Potential: to create a self-sufficient system that will promote the practice of sustainable soil management independently from the availability of national subsidies and/or financial resources.
  13. 13. Action 1: Assist finalizing the programme 1. Development of regionally specific educational material 2. Development of the Soil Testing Kit (taking into consideration soil specificities) Action 2: Assist the implementation of the programme 1. Train Soil Doctors’ trainers 2. Train countries in developing their own reagents for the STK 3. Provide overall support as needed
  14. 14. SOILex: contribution of Soil Legislation information to country profiles Purposes: • Review the national soil legislation of each United Nations state members; • Consolidate the information about soil management policies collected; • Elaborate a conceptual model of legal and thematic elements for soil management and conservation; • Publicize the profile information at the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) website; • Address policymakers to adopt measures to preserve and enhance soil conditions. Action 1: Review the database and update it as needed. First draft of it to be circulated by April 2019 Action 2: Spread the voice on the existence of the platform. Use the platform to promote the endorsement/review of soil related national policies
  15. 15. Pillar 3 Promote targeted soil research and development focusing on identified gaps, priorities and synergies with related productive, environmental and social development actions
  16. 16. Establishment of a Global Soil Research Platform It will allow all significant R&D projects and initiatives to be identified and foster future cooperation once information is shared and easily accessible. This activity should give impetus to the development of cooperation and stimulate the financing of applied soil research.
  17. 17. Establishment of a Global Soil Research Platform Action 1: Assist the GSP Secretariat developing the platform The database should be easy for contributors to fill in and upload all relevant information via an online form. Action 2: Start compiling data to feed the platform.
  18. 18. Soil Pollution
  19. 19. Assessment of the global status and regional trends of soil pollution Conduction of a detailed study of soil pollution worldwide by collecting basic information such as policies to prevent, control and remedy soil pollution; the number and extent of polluted sites; and, the identification and location of potentially polluting activities. Objective: This approach will help to better understand the problem of soil pollution on a global scale and identify the main knowledge and legal gaps.
  20. 20. 1. Collection of national inputs Assessment of the global status and regional trends of soil pollution - PROCEDURE - 2. Organization of regional workshops to discuss questionnaire results and which actions should be taken at the national and regional level. September – October 2019 3. Writing of a report on the global status and regional trends of soil pollution. Draft ready by the beginning of 2020. Report be presented at UNEA5 in March 2021
  21. 21. Action 1: Complete the online questionnaire. The questionnaire was sent by Ms. Natalia Rodriguez, GSP Secretariat. Deadline for completion of this assignment: May 2019 Action 2: Participate in the regional workshops and discussions.
  22. 22. Pillar 4 Information and Data
  23. 23. Establishment of National Soil Information Systems
  24. 24. Mapping 1. Update of the GSOC map to be published in December 2019 Action 1: keep on working on the update of your national SOC maps. National updated maps should be sent to Mr. Yusuf Yigini (Yusuf.yigini@fao.org )
  25. 25. Mapping 2. Development of new global soil maps. Approach: same as for the GSOC map. Trainings to start in May 2019. Be ready to implement on a short notice. Action 2: Start identifying your national experts to attend the trainings and develop the different maps Type of map Material To be launched in Erosion Technical spec. ready by the end of March Concept Note under development December 2019 Salinity Concept Note ready Technical spec. under development December 2019 OC sequestration potential Technical spec. and Concept Note ready December 2019 Black Soils distribution Concept Note and strategy document for mapping ready October 2019
  26. 26. Soil Atlas of Asia by the JRC/GSP/FAO Action 1: Contribute to its writing and overall preparation. You will receive an email asking you to please revise the Table of Content of the Atlas, and to provide data, information, pictures and text. Substantial contributors will become members of the Editorial Board (participation in the next meetings and trainings).
  27. 27. For information A portal (SoilSTAT) aimed at supporting countries in monitoring and reporting is under development. This will deal with indicators and will link to the Global Soil Information System (GLOSIS). Procedure: 1. The 7th GSP Plenary Assembly will be asked to endorse the Concept Note on SoilSTAT. 1. The GSP Secretariat will establish a country reporting procedure. The first indicators countries will be asked to work on (2019-2020) are those on soil erosion by water and wind, soil organic matter decline and soil salinization. Link to ongoing mapping activities
  28. 28. Pillar 5 Harmonization of methods, measurements and indicator for the sustainable management and protection of soil resources
  29. 29. P5GIP: Work areas Products Actions 2019 Soil profiles Handbook/Webtool Soil classification Web tool/soil portal Soil mapping Reference Mapping System Soil analysis Web information system, ring tests, manual Data exchange Exchange model/tools Contractor: SoilML exchange standard Countries to test Indicators and Evaluation WIKI, guidelines Pillar 5 Global-level activities
  30. 30. Which are the region-specific activities regarding Pillar 5 areas of harmonization? Which soil indicators are important in the region? An active regional Pillar 5 Working Group is needed to support soil information system building and exchange of harmonized data.
  31. 31. Purpose: to improve the quality of soil laboratory data to support decision making at field and policy levels Objectives : 1. To strengthen the performance of laboratories through use of standardized methods and protocols. 2. To harmonize soil analysis methods so that soil information would be comparable and interpretable across laboratories, countries and regions. 3. To provide a certification for technical competencies in laboratory analysis.
  32. 32. Global Soil Laboratory Network (GLOSOLAN) Regional Soil Laboratory Networks (RESOLANs) National Reference Laboratories appointed by GSP national focal points to: • Transfer information on GLOSOLAN to other labs in their country • Transfer the knowledge acquired through GLOSOLAN activities to other labs in their country • Promote the establishment of National Soil Laboratory Networks
  33. 33. Besides National Reference Laboratories, there are other laboratories that spontaneously registered in GLOSOLAN. These laboratories should be involved in the work of GLOSOLAN through the National Soil Laboratory Networks
  34. 34. RESOLAN-NENA LATSOLAN RESOLAN- Africa RESOLAN- North America ??? RESOLAN-Pacific SEALNET RESOLAN-Europe & Eurasia March 2018 November 2017 # of countries Nat. Ref. Lab. Spontaneous application Total NENA 19 11 11 22
  35. 35. Action 1: Nominate your National Reference Laboratories Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates Action 2: Launch the Regional Soil Laboratory Network for NENA Action 3: start establishing National Soil Laboratory Networks
  36. 36. Thanks for your attention

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