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GSP Pillar 1

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6th European Soil Partnership (ESP) Plenary meeting
28-29 March 2019
FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy
Zineb Bazza

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GSP Pillar 1

  1. 1. Pillar 1 – Sustainable Soil Management Zineb Bazza
  2. 2. The International Code of Conduct for the Sustainable Use and Management of Fertilizers A response to: • COAG 25 recommendation for: “FAO to intensify its food safety work and technical support to smallholders at local level concerning the safe use of fertilizers and pesticides” • Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management. • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). • UNEA 3 Resolution on managing soil pollution to achieve Sustainable Development.
  3. 3. The International Code of Conduct for the Sustainable Use and Management of Fertilizers • Many consultation rounds • To be presented for potential endorsement at the FAO Conference in July 2019.
  4. 4. Protocol to assess Sustainable Soil Management ITPS Activity Objectives: • To provide guidance about how the sustainability of soil management can be assessed. • To provide a starting point for regional and local assessments of sustainable soil management carried out under the pillars of the GSP. Protocol under development by the ITPS Finalized by the GSP Plenary Assembly in June 2019
  5. 5. Concept Note: Economic benefits of Sustainable Soil Management ITPS Activity • ITPS tasked at the 5th GSP PA to develop the study by 2020. • Concept note prepared by the ITPS and presented at the 6th GSP PA. • Endorsed but tasked to refine the concept note and resubmit at the 7th GSP PA
  6. 6. Next steps Protocol for the assessment of sustainable soil management (June 2019) Develop a database with best SSM practices (2019) Develop integrated maps of successful SSM case studies. (2019 – 2020) Stakeholders involved: GSP Secretariat, ITPS, RSPs, Focal Points, Regional Pillar 1 Working Groups.
  7. 7. Call for proposals for VGSSM implementation More at the GSP 7th Plenary Assembly
  8. 8. The International Network of Black Soils (INBS) Europe 2% Eurasia 35% Asia 18% Africa 2% North America 27% Latin American 15% Others 1% WRB, Chernozems, Kastanozems and Phaeozems Member countries of INBS in Europe and Eurasia Russian Federation Kazakhstan Ukraine Turkey Kyrgyzstan Hungary Republic of Moldova Bulgaria Armenia Slovakia Austria Poland
  9. 9. Global Symposium on Black Soils and Harbin communique • The International Symposium on Black Soils & First Plenary of International Network of Black Soils (ISBS18) have been held in Harbin on 10 - 12 September 2018. Outputs: 1. The definition of black soils 2. Working plan for the INBS 3. Harbin communique
  10. 10. Implementation of INBS: activities • One chapter on black soils in the upcoming “Technical Manual on SOC Management” • Black Soils Map and training session • Second workshop of INBS in Moldova (October 2019) • Establishment of a black soil monitoring network/ an academic committee on black soils and launch a first version of the Black Soils Map. • Report on the Global Status of Black Soils Thanks to the Russian Federation and the Netherlands for their support
  11. 11. Technical manual on SOC management at the regional and sub-regional scale • Response to the urgent need to identify and compile management practices and LUS that promote the preservation and/or enhancement of SOC stocks. • The contributions will be adapted to site characteristics and land user needs and consider cost-benefit analyses and social impacts • Another virtue of this document will be to consider the different socio- economic, cultural and environmental contexts at the national and regional level.
  12. 12. • Description of the practice: Region and/or country where the practice can be applied, measurements and evidence-based results with the adequate statistical accuracy (include data from meta-analysis). • Context: Local environmental, socio-economic, cultural and institutional contexts. • Trade-offs: Possible synergies and co-benefits or conflicts with other practices. • Potential barriers to adoption: Considerations for adoption within the cultural and socio-economic context. Possible side effects that could negatively affect the climate change mitigation potential of the practice. • Benefits and management recommendations: Soil processes that enable SOC preservation and/or increase, case studies and success stories of effective practice adoption and achieved SOC/SOM preservation/increase. • Potential of C sequestration: For the recommended management practices, including the possible trade-offs of SOC sequestration efforts when assessing the full GHG balance. Chapter’s main structure
  13. 13. TIMELINE • Submission of chapters – by 30 November 2018 • Editing to harmonize chapters (ITPS/GSP Secretariat, feedback process with lead authors) - by 30 December 2019. • Review by ITPS,UNCCD-SPI,IPCC, CIRCASA, 4per1000 – by 31 January 2019. • Preparation of final version – by 30 March 2018. • Final review and clearance by ITPS – by 30 April 2018 • Layout and printing – by 30 May 2019. • Launch of the Technical Manual on Soil Organic Carbon management at the regional and sub-regional scale during the seventh Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership – from 5 to 7 June 2019. • Coarse and heterogeneous content: about 500 pages, in 18 chapters, more than 100 participants. • Taking into account the thickness of the document and the number of participants, the GSP should work on a synthetic, harmonized and improved version.

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